A Cyprus visa and job racket has come to light in Hyderabad, Telangana.
The cybercrime unit in Hyderabad received many complaints from victims who were cheated to a tune of about Rs 300,000 each. Dubious migration agents were said to be functioning through fraud visa consultants, who were offering job opportunities for low-level workers. After these Scamsters received 80 percent of the money, they would disappear from the scene.
Ram Mohan, a cybercrime expert, was quoted by Deccan Chronicle as saying that an email with regard to job permits was sent to applicants by the bogus visa consultants with a website of a fictitious company, appointment letter, scammer’s bank details and the fee breakup for visa payment.
He added that in most of the complaints received, though the fraudster offers to bear the ticket cost, that agent demands the applicant to pay for the travel and visa expenses. It is said that five cases of fake jobs and visas of Cyprus were received by Hyderabad’s central crime station.
After the fake job offer numbers increased, the Indian High Commission in Cyprus capital, Nicosia, issued a warning.
An official announcement to this effect said that the Indian High Commission in Cyprus had been regularly receiving references from nationals of India for employment contracts verification by the so-called employers and recruitment agencies in Cyprus and also the ‘Entry Permit’ purportedly issued by the immigration authorities of the island country in the Mediterranean.
It added that in the majority of cases, the prospective recruitment agencies/ employers were fictitious and the Entry Permits were not authentic.
Some applicants who were victims in this racket were Boosa Devendar, a native of Karimnagar, T. Sumanth of Kothagudem Jagapathi of Chittoor district, B. Naresh Kumar Reddy of Mahbubnagar and G. Sai Kiran. A case was lodged by the central crime station against Arjun on 25 January.
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