Scammer pretending to be HR from Amazon steals Rs 3.42 lakh from job seeker in Mumbai

In today’s digital age, it’s easier than ever to search for job opportunities online. People can look for new opportunities online over social media channels or dedicated job portals like LinkedIn or Glassdoor to find new opportunities to earn money. However, not all job postings are legitimate on social media and often people end up falling for a scam. This was the case for a man from Mumbai who was duped for around 4 lakh by a woman while he was looking for a part-time job to earn extra money.

According to a case reported by the Indian Express, a 33-year-old man who works for an Andheri-based firm came across an advertisement for a job at Amazon on Facebook. To learn more about the opportunity, he clicked on the link and received the WhatsApp number of a woman named Marry who introduced herself as a hiring manager for Amazon.

She than asked the victim if he was looking for a part-time job. Following the conversation, when the victim inquired more about the work, she told him that the candidates needed to work towards increasing the sale of the company’s online platform by completing various tasks, the police said.

“After the complainant showed interest in the work, the hiring manager sent him a link and asked him to create his account to start the work. On creating an account, the complainant first received an Rs 80 bonus,” said a police officer, reported by Indian Express.

The victim was later instructed to make a Rs 200 recharge and purchase a product. After following the instructions and completing the task, the victim received Rs 450 in his eWallet account. This way the scammer managed to gain his trust and the victim continued to complete tasks, buying products and making recharges to earn a bonus.

Within a few days, he had spent Rs 2.4 lakh and earned a total of Rs 5.13 lakh, which was deposited in his eWallet account. However, later, when the victim attempted to transfer the money to his bank account, he received an error message stating that his request was declined.

When the victim asked the HR manager about the issue, she informed him that he would need to pay a 20 per cent tax in order to withdraw the money. Otherwise, he would not be able to access the funds. According to the police, the complainant did not have the money to pay the tax, so he mortgaged his family’s gold and used the proceeds to pay the Rs 1.02 lakh tax.

However, despite paying the tax, the victim was still unable to transfer money from his eWallet to his bank account. In fact, his account was deactivated. It was then that he realized he had been scammed and had lost Rs 3.42 lakh.

Later, he filed a complaint at the Diva police station, but since the scam took place in Andheri, the FIR was transferred to the MIDC police station for further investigation.

The police have registered a case against three individuals under sections 419 (cheating by personation) and 420 (cheating) of the Indian Penal Code, as well as section 66D (cheating by personation using computer resources) of the Information Technology Act. They have also begun contacting service providers to obtain details about the beneficiaries and bank accounts involved in the case and are continuing to investigate the matter.

While the investigation is ongoing, it’s important to note that online job scams are not a new phenomenon. In recent months, many people have reported losing money to similar scams when attempting to withdraw funds from their eWallets.

Scammers are using social media channels like Telegram to reach out to potential victims and lure them with promises of easy money. However, they ultimately trick them into investing more money and then steal their deposits.

It is always advisable to stay away from such too good to be true job opportunities. Here are some important points to take note while you seek job opportunities online:

– Research the company online to make sure it is legitimate.
– Be cautious of requests for sensitive personal or financial information.
– Look for warning signs such as poor communication from the employer, requests for payment in order to work, and overly eager hiring practices.
– Specially for job opportunities where they ask you to deposit some money to get bonus. Stay away from such offers.

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