Fake in Mumbai: Railways bust an elaborate job con

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Using fake stamps, letterheads and a website to track progress of the application, gang used to defraud gullible unemployed youth of Rs 4-6 lakh; four arrested, kingpin is still on the run.

A gang of four slick confidence tricksters, who set up a "Railway Recruitment Control Board" website and cheated people by offering them jobs in railways, have been arrested. The quartet would offer gullible candidates posts of railway gang men for Rs 4 lakh; and that of a ticket examiner at a cost of Rs 6 lakh.

The trick to their con lied in the attention to detail; not only did they set up a website, irrbresultsgov.in, which sounded similar to a .gov.in domain, they had all the logos down pat - starting from the railways official logo to the national emblem. Even the forms that they asked prospective candidates to fill up had the official logos.

The Government Railway Police (GRP) got wind of the racket after a certain Praveen Hebde (27) was arrested with a fake ID of a ticket examiner which he used for travelling in local trains for free. Hebde was nabbed during a fortress check at Charni Road station on February 3. During investigation, Hebde revealed that he was given the ID by a man named Sameer Shaikh who took Rs 50,000 for it and assured that he would get a job as a ticket examiner with the Western Railway.

Based on Hebde's inputs, the GRP nabbed Sameer Shaikh and Naresh Patil and recovered several fake IDs from them. Patil and Shaikh both revealed that the fake cards were provided to them by Tufail Jaan and were given instructions to hand them over to applicants and knew nothing beyond that.

Tufail, a resident of Kalyan, was arrested on February 9 and this led the police to Saurabh Ravindra Bhagvat, a 22-year-old software engineer who made the fake IDs.

During the investigation it was found that Tufail was in contact with a man named Vicky who would provide them with details of candidates seeking jobs in Indian Railways. Vicky would also ask the candidates to fill up forms which bore the Indian Railways logo. GRP has seized fake stamps and forms similar to those used during the "recruitment process".

A GRP official said: "They would scour for unemployed youths seeking jobs and offer them the same at a price. The entire process from filling up the form to providing the fake IDs would take place over the span of a year.

"A person seeking a job would be first make to fill out forms and pay a token amount. After some months they would be called for a medical examination and taken to a hospital to determine their fitness. As the process would progress the person seeking the job would gain confidence and pay up the entire amount," the official added.

Tufail and Vicky set up the fake website, irrbresultsgov.in, in Spetember 2015 through which they would ask the candidates to track the progress of their application.

"A roll number was given to the candidate to check on the website where the results would be declared. The candidate would then find out that he has been selected through the website. He would then be asked to wait for his process to be completed," said an official from GRP. Once the payment was made, the conmen would turn off their cell phones.

The GRP also recovered 11 fraudulent forms from Tufail and is on the lookout for Vicky who they say is the main culprit in the case.

Several cases have been registered in the case. ACP, Crime Branch of GRP, Vinod Chavvan said, "The main accused is yet to be arrested in the case. We are also trying to ascertain if a railway employee is hand in gloves with them."

Source: MumbaiMirror

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