The lure of government payments
Ever since the dawn of democracy and devolution of powers into the hands of people, a romance with the notion of government has persisted across the world. In societies and countries where there has been an overhang of exploitative practices, the lure of government employment and government contracts has never ceased. This has resulted in scams for the people, scams by the people, and scams of the people.
Since the private industry is either dominated by a few key players or severely competitive in open segments, the only means of getting by is either thru government contracts and employment. And feeding on this frenzy for government contracts, employments and payments are unscrupulous elements that prey on these tendencies. Nowhere is this frenzy greater than in countries such as India. In India, government jobs are considered worth their weight in gold. Let us now understand a fraud that was perpetrated using the name of one government institution.
Karnataka Public Service Commission - Jobs and appointments
The Karnataka Public Services Commission (KPSC) is the nodal agency that carries out examinations, recruits employees for various government agencies and departments. Post-1921, it is the Central Authority constituted in the State to advise Government and other Appointing Authorities in the matters of recruitment to the state civil services.
On the organization's web home page is a scrolling notice -
!WARNING... Candidates for various recruitments under KPSC are hereby warned not to be influenced by touts or middleman promising appointments by KPSC for monetary considerations. Anybody found indulging in such corrupt practices whether they are the staff of KPSC or outsiders or candidates will be dealt with strictly under the law.
The above notice is put out both in English and the local language - Kannada. In spite of this, the lure of government appointments, contracts, and payments neither stop nor go down. And this gives fraudsters and scammers a perfect setting to make money.
The Perfect Employment Scam
Arun Kumar, a resident of Davanagere in Karnataka masqueraded as a KPSC member and promised a number of people jobs in the state government. Any potential government employee has to appear for examinations and other potential processes before they are considered. This is quite widely known and in spite of this knowledge, the lure of government jobs attracts people to it like fireflies.
How to avoid a scam like this?
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