Emails, SMS, and phone calls may be used to contact you with job offers. Do you know if they are legitimate? Do not believe that these job offers are real. Fraudsters often supply fake job offers to job seekers in order to gain quick money. 

A Chandigarh man was duped out of Rs 1.72 lakh by an overseas job fraud

There has been a job scam that has defrauded a resident of Sector 9 of Rs 1.72 lakh. Arvinder Singh of Chandigarh's Sector-9 has filed a complaint alleging that he was duped by Kanpur-based Global Jobs International.

According to Arvinder, on January 4, 2019, a person identifying himself as Anand from Global Jobs International approached him and offered him a placement guarantee in the Middle East within 90 days if he paid the registration and other fees. Apparently, he was even shown the website of the company by the accused.

Over the course of several days, Arvinder paid Rs 1.72 lakh as part of the placement fees and the advance commission for his March 22nd interview that was guaranteed to place him. Following payment of the amount, Arvinder attempted to contact the accused several times but could not reach him. In addition, the website was removed shortly thereafter.

Upon realizing he has been scammed, Arvinder contacted the police.  Sector 3 police station in Chandigarh has registered a case under Sections 420 and 120-B of the IPC.

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Warning signs of job scams - 

1. Whenever a job offer seems too good to be true, it could be a job scam. Fraudulent job offers usually claim to have found your resume online and are contacting you. 

2. The emails sent by fraudsters offer jobs in an unprofessional manner. These emails lack professionalism in comparison with legitimate ones. Spelling errors are common in such emails. Professionals at reputable companies know how to write well, so they don't make silly mistakes.

3. Any job offer asking for confidential information, such as bank details, is fake. Fraudsters typically ask for banking information, claiming to be able to set up direct deposits or transfer funds to your account. Fraudsters can use this information to commit fraud.

4. Fake jobs usually ask for payment for the offer letter. They usually claim it is refundable. If you make the payment, however, you will not get a refund. You should keep in mind that reputable companies never ask for payments when they are offering jobs.

5.  It is recommended that digital escrow platforms be used for payment. When making an online payment with Escrow, you do not share your financial information with anyone. There is a platform for escrow called Vouch.

How does digital escrow work?

In digital escrow, a third-party account holds the money deposited by the buyer until the seller fulfills the terms of the contract. The escrow company supervises the transacting parties.

What is the role of Digital Escrow in preventing online fraud in India? 

Digital escrow services are offered by many companies in India. Among the most trusted is Vouch.

Vouch’s Digital Escrow service is a transparent way for buyers and sellers to build trust and secure a clean transfer of product and payment. Sellers can feel assured that they will be fairly compensated promptly, and buyers will feel confident that their order will be delivered as expected and on schedule. Vouch Digital Escrow keeps you updated and informed at every step of the transaction process till the end. Vouch’s professionals are always available to assist you with all queries that you may have during the entire transaction process. 

There is no scope for deceit or fraud since the payments, shipping, delivery, and execution are carried out under the honest and watchful eyes of the Vouch’s professionals. With Vouch, any business transaction becomes transparent, uncomplicated, and hassle-free. If you ever come across a fraudster asking for OTP, asking you to scan a QR code, or asking you to click on phishing links, you can simply refuse and ask him/her to proceed with the transaction through Vouch.

This is Fraud Story #134. Check back here for more fraud stories and scams that you can protect yourself from.

Safety is not just about protecting your credit, debit card number, and UPI accounts. It's about having control of your money till you've received the product or service you bought online!

Note: This is a good-faith initiative to educate the world about avoiding frauds like these and how to act when you're becoming a victim of such a situation. 

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