Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Job scams and tips on avoiding it

Hi,

I suddenly thought to write about it. This post is meant for everybody hunting for a job and why they need to be careful from the job scam.

I remember incident of around 8 years back. At that time I was not into the corporate world and had my own start up. In the same building somebody opened a placement consultancy and I saw he was charging money from the people in lieu of the job. He faked the interview and charged amount from 1000-5000 from job aspirants. He used to take them for “interview” and promised that they will definitely get the job. None of the youth got the job and the “placement” owner fled with the collected money. This is just an example, a very small example.
After starting my corporate career, I came across through such several job scams where people were asking to submit the form with the money, job in Aditya Birla, Videocon, Maruti Suzuki and so on.
However, there are much more sophisticated crime. Some 3 years back I got a mail from lookalike of United Nation’s Sustainability Development Division.
I was very happy. The mail came through a lookalike domain id of UNSDC, I submitted application form and then scanned document. Then I thought there will be telephonic round first followed by written test, medical tests, personal interview, certain process. To my surprise, I got a letter confirming that I have been selected. Unfortunately (for the scamster), I am an HR professional. I asked them question that without any formalities and interview, how I got selected. Then I scanned the web and sent an e-mail to UN HQ and inquired about this. UN replied me that UN accept and follow recruitment through galaxy system (online application platform) and the mail I received is a scam. Luckily I have been saved. I do not know how many people might have given money or other things after getting such e-mail.
After that we have seen many such emails (in India also).

Such job scam harm company's brand image. Look at such clarification advertisement on Times of India published on July 08, 2013


Let us have a look at them.

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Scam 1 (Videocon job scam)
VIDEOCON JOB OFFER!

Videocon Electronics India Ltd.
H.O. - 174, Videocon House,
G.K. Part 1, Greater Kailash.


"VIDEOCON" DIRECT RECRUITMENT OFFER.

We are delighted to officially announce to you that we are currently
recruiting employees in our company.
Our company will be selecting 62 candidate for our new plant, for expansion
project of the company
The Company will select 62 candidates list for the following office.
- IT
- Sales/Business Development
- Marketing & Communications
- Finance & Accounts
- Customer Services
- Human Resources
- Admin/Secretarial
- Legal
- Purchase/ Logistics/ Supply Chain
- Free Lancers
- Telecoms/ ISP Call Centre
- HR
- Administration and Production Departments.

We use our connections and investigative skills to identify Interesting
opportunities that meet your criteria.
The Company VIDEOCON is a brand name in Electronics manufacturing business
in India, The Company is recruiting the candidates for our new plants in
Delhi,Bangalore, Pune, Mumbai, Goa,chennai,Andhra Pradesh,and Maharashtra.

You will be pleased to know that out of the 62 candidates shortlisted for
the interview,55 candidates will be selected and also be giving appointment,
Meaning that your Application can progress to final stage. You will have to
come to the Company corporate office in New Delhi Your interview will be
held at The Company Corporate office in New Delhi as the interview will
commence on 16th of November 2010 at 11.30 AM prompt, and your offer letter
with Air Ticket will be sent to you by courier before date of interview.

The Company can offer you a salary with benefits for this post 35, 000/- to
400, 000/- P.M. + (HRA + D.A + Conveyance and other Company benefits). The
designation and Job Location will be fix by Company HRD. At time of final
process. Interested candidates should forward their resumes/CV to us, also
you have to come with photo-copies of all required documents.

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS BY THE COMPANY HRD.
======================================
1) Photo-copies of Qualification Documents.
2) Photo-copies of Experience Certificates (If any)
3) Photo-copies of Address Proof with your personal contacts.
4) Two Passport Size Photograph.

More-over you have to make a mandatory refundable cash deposit impose on
every applicant as an initial amount in favor of Company HRD Department for
Rs. 10,200 /- ( Ten Thousand Two Hundred Rupees ). through the Company
Senior HRD Account Number which will be sent to you upon your response. This

is a refundable interview security deposit. Also as mentioned earlier your
offer letter with Air tickets will be sent to your Home Address by courier
after
receiving the confirmation of interview security deposit. The Company will
pay all the expenditure to you at the time of face-to-face meeting with you
in Company. The Job profile, salary offer, and date-time of interview will be
mention in your offer letter. Your offer letter will dispatch very shortly
after receiving your confirmation of cash deposited in BANK ACCOUNT which
will be send to you upon your respond.

We wish you the best of luck for the subsequent and remaining stage. The
last date of security deposit in bank is 11th of November 2010. You have to
give the information e.g (SCAN COPY OF THE PAYMENT SLIP) after deposited the
security amount in bank to The Company HRD - direct recruitment via email.
Your Letter with supporting document will be dispatch same time by courier
to your postal address after receipt of security deposited confirmation in
bank. The interview process and arrangement expenditure will be paid by
VIDEOCON. Lodging, traveling and local conveyance actual will be paid by
VIDEOCON as per bills. The candidate has to deposit the initial refundable
security deposit as mentioned by HRD.

NB: You are advice to reconfirm your mailing address and phone number in

your reply, and 10,200/- ( Ten thousand Two hundred rupees ) will be the
refundable amount, as 200 rupees will be deducted as bank charges for funds

deposit. If you are been selected or not on this stage, still the amount
will be refunded to you, as the amount is just to prove and assure your
interest that you will be coming for the interview in order for us not to
run at lost after sending you the air ticket and you don't show up on the
day of interview.

Wishing you the best of lucks


COMPULSORY INFORMATION:: "PLEASE NOTE ONLY INTERESTED CANDIDATES SHOULD
RESPOND BACK WITH THEIR C.V

Regards

MR. AS.KAHORNGAM- (Executive - HRD)
Videocon Electronics India Ltd.
H.O. - 174, Videocon House,
G.K. Part - 1, Greater Kailash,
Contact us via Email:jobs_recruitvideocon2010@accountant.com
Mobile: +91 9953279138
2. Maruti Suzuki job scam
MARUTI SUZUKI INDIA LTD (MSIL)
Head Office Maruti Suzuki,
India Limited Nelson Mandela Road,
Vasant Kunj, New Delhi-110070.
Board No.46781000.

Fax: 46150275, 46150276
Tel: +91-9873654797
E-mail: suzukimaruti@live.com


REF: "MARUTI SUZUKI" DIRECT RECRUITMENTS OFFER.

Your Resume has been selected from MONSTER.COM for our new plant. The
Company selected 62 candidates list for Senior Engineer, IT,
Administration, Production, marketing and general service Departments, It
is our pleasure to inform you that your Resume was selected as one of the
62 candidates shortlisted for the interview.The Company SUZUKI is the best
Manufacturing Car Company in India, The Company is recruiting the
candidates for our new Plants in Delhi, Bangalore, and Pune and mumbai,
your interview will be held at The Company Corporate office in New Delhi on
18th Of December at 11.30 AM, You will be pleased to know That The 62
candidates selected 55 candidates will be giving appointment, Meaning that
your Application can progress to final stage. You will have to come to the
Company corporate office in New Delhi.

Your offer letter with Air Ticket will be sent to you by courier before
date of interview. The Company can offer you a salary with benefits for
this post 62, 000/- to 200, 000/- P.M. + (HRA + D.A + Conveyance and other
Company benefits. The designation and Job Location will be fixing by
Company HRD. At time of final process. You have to come with photo-copies
of all required documents.

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS BY THE COMPANY HRD.
======================================
1) Photo-copies of Qualification Documents.
2) Photo-copies of Experience Certificates (If any)
3) Photo-copies of Address Proof
4) Two Passport Size Photograph.

You have to deposit the (Cash) as an initial amount in favor of our
company accountant name in charges to collect your payment Rs.8,200/-
(Eight Thousand Two Hundred India Rupees only) through any branch of [STATE
BANK OF INDIA, ACCOUNT NAME: AMAR KUMAR, ACCOUNT NUMBER: 31433355666] This

is a refundable interview security fee. Your offer letter with Air tickets
will be sent to your Home Address by courier after receiving the
confirmation of interview security deposited in any of the STATE BANK OF
INDIA Branch closer to you. This Company will pay all the expenditure to
you at the time of face-to-face meeting with you in Company. The Job
profile, salary offer, and date -time of interview will be mention in your
offer letter. Your offer letter will dispatch very shortly after receiving
your confirmation of cash deposited in STATE BANK OF INDIA.

We wish you the best of luck for the subsequent and remaining stage. The
last date of security deposited in bank 14th Of December 2010 you have to
give the information after deposited the security amount in bank to the
Company HRD -direct recruitment via email.

Your Letter with supporting document will be dispatch same time by courier
to your postal address after receipt of security deposited onfirmation in
bank. The interview process and arrangement expenditure will be paid by
SUZUKI COMPANY. Lodging, traveling and local conveyance actual will be paid
by SUZUKI COMPANY as per bills. The candidate has to deposit the initial
refundable security as mentioned by HRD.NB: You are advice to reconfirm
your mailing address and phone number in your reply and Rs.8,200/- (Eight
Thousand Two Hundred India Rupees only) will be the refundable amount, as
200 rupees will be deducted as bank charges for funds deposit and if you
are been selected or not, still the amount will be refunded to you, as the
amount is just to prove that you will be coming for the interview in order
for us not to run at lost after sending you the air ticket and you don't
show up on the day of interview. Wishing you the best of lucks

Regards,
Shinzo Nakanishi
Chief Executive Officer, Managing Director,
MARUTI SUZUKI INDIA LTD (MSIL)
So similarly, you will find many such other scam in the name of LG, Aditya Birla, Tata and so on.

How to avoid such job scam?
A sensible person can easily identify the flaw in the above advertisement. I am from both Human Resources consultancy as well as corporate background. Please take care of the following:
1.       Any organizations do not charge a single penny for recruitment. Only in Government job they charge as examination fee which need to be paid either in form of demand draft or through stamps. Private companies do not charge a single penny. (I know it looks foolish to write it here but this blog post is meant for fresher, general public as well as other professionals hence I thought to mention it here).

2.       None of the Human Resources professional can select anybody. In any organization, human resources department’s role is to advertise for the recruitment, scrutinize the application, shortlist in screening and preliminary round and send for the next round. Once selected through all channels including departments, it verifies the credentials, negotiate and finally ensure that candidate joins the department. Any human resources professional cannot risk own career by employing an individual who is not capable enough to handle the role hence if somebody claims that the money need to be deposited in accounts of HR professionals mentioned above, it is just a scam and particularly, HR of such highly reputed organization will never do such act.

3.       Always verify the source of email id from where you have got the email. Usually, the ID should be name and/or surname @ official domain of the company. For example, if somebody is at Aditya Birla it will be name.surname@adityabirla.com anything coming through other id is a fake nothing else.

4.       Beware of any placement agencies who are asking for money. In my HR career till now, I have not come across any genuine or professional recruitment consultancies who have asked money for registration from the candidate. They get good amount of money for successful placement of candidate and hence they do not need to charge candidate. If any recruitment consultancies ask you for money, avoid it.

What HR and brand/ public relation department should do
Such scams badly hurt an organisation's reputation. HR department should scan internet at least a week for such advertisement and phishing mail. Once found, they should immediately collect evidence and file a complaint with cyber crime cell for case of impersonating, cheating. They should coordinate with public relation department and immediately do a press release (please see example above). HR is also custodian of the brand and image of the company and they must act proactively. 

I hope this article will be helpful for you. Have a successful career ahead. 

2 comments:

  1. Its very true. I do remember when I was deployed at Maruti's Mumbai Regional Office, peoples come to contact after loosing their money. If you see these emails, you can easily guess that it is fake. But, I don't know why peoples are in so hurry make blunder mistakes.

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