Monday, October 14, 2013

This time the fake job scam hits KPMG

Hello Friends,

I hope you all remember my earlier blog post about job scam and how to avoid it. You may reread it at:

Well, this blogpost had 3 dimension:
1. How to identify whether a employment offer is a scam or not
2. What a candidate / job aspirants should do
3. What HR and organisation should do

I wish this blogpost would have been spread in the internet like wildfire and we could save at least few people. Please note that even the smallest company does not allow any consultant or employee to charge anything for recruitment (only except the Government Sector company where the charges do not cross Rs. 500 and thats too they accept payment through DD only and drawn in favour of the company. For instances if the job opening is for Railway then it becomes payable to "Railway Recruitment Board, Mumbai" not in any other name. Be careful, read following article, share and save others.

Special 26 rerun at KPMG: Job aspirants across India taken for a ride

Devina Sengupta, ET Bureau Oct 11, 2013, 12.47PM IST
(On October 7, eight floors…)
MUMBAI: On October 7, eight floors below KPMG's office at the World Trade Centre building in Bangalore, an elaborate deception was underway. A bunch of impostors posing asKPMG managers interviewed, hired and issued fake offer letters to half-a-dozen job aspirants. They even asked the candidates to report to the 12th floor, the real KPMG office. By the time the candidates and the company could figure they had been duped, the impostors had left.

The unsuspecting aspirants were earlier beguiled into transferring money into a bank account.
"They had the nerve to book a business centre in the same building as our office. The proportion of this fraud is ridiculous," says Shalini Pillay, head of HR, KPMG. She hastens to add that KPMG's recruitment process is very robust. "We have codes for every applicant and even our recruiters are aware of this."
Calls to these candidates were made from a number that was identical to KPMG's board line, but the company says none of their staff are involved. It has reported the incident to the cyber crime cell in Bangalore. Officials feel it could be a case of hacking as well. This is the second such con on KPMG. Last month, another bunch was similarly duped in Hyderabad. In all, about 30 candidates have walked into KPMG offices with fake offer letters.
Most candidates were engineers from small towns of Andhra Pradesh.The company suspects the same fraudsters were behind both incidents.
The frequency of such frauds and the number of victims is rising alarmingly as candidates desperate for a job in a slowing economy are easily fooled. Not too long ago, Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) was being hit with 15 such fake offers every day, says a company spokesperson. Stung by a similar fraud, Hyundai Motor India recently spent Rs 50 lakh on ad campaigns to warn job aspirants of such frauds.
"These scams are becoming grander. The scamsters become emboldened because many a time companies do not even report such frauds," says Rajvardhan Sinha, Additional Commissioner of Police, Economic Offenses Wing, Mumbai Police. "Candidates too are afraid to share bank details and information on how much they paid."
The candidates, in case of KPMG, also refused to give details of money transferred and preferred to remain anonymous. Sinha's team had dealt with cases of false offer letters for a bank six months back and an IT firm almost a year ago. "Candidates have to realise that no big firm will ask for money for a vacancy and one cannot respond to mails that ask for a certain recruitment fee," he adds.
After a few candidates walked into TCS last October with false offer letters, the IT company put up a disclaimer on its website. Titled 'Validate Your TCS Offer Letter,' it listed a set of checks every candidate should do to ensure that he has a genuine offer from the IT firm.
"We connected with 550 engineering campuses and asked them to be careful of such agencies that ask money for a job," says a TCS spokesperson.
The company realised that most of these cases were happening from Andhra Pradesh and the group making up these offer letters were later traced to Delhi. "They would open a bank account and close it the moment they realised the company and officials were tracking it," says the spokesperson.

Even established recruitment firms are impersonated. Two months ago, ABC Consultants was visited by a harried candidate with details of a job in Dubai for which he paid Rs 50,000. "We immediately put up a disclaimer on our website saying we would never ask for money for a profile," says Shiv Agrawal, managing director of ABC Consultants.

P.S. : In any moment, if somebody ask for money for job, even if it is Rs. 150, please search over internet for actual company and ring to the Human Resources and ask for confirmation. Please spread both the blog if you found it is useful.

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