Bhopal: Work from home opportunities have created a new paradigm of cyber security. Online fraudsters are coming up with new strategies to dupe people during the pandemic. State cyber cell on Thursday, busted two computer institutes operating in MP Nagar, which were involved in duping job aspirants on the pretext of providing work from home assignments with a promised return of Rs48,000 per month.
The accused directors of these institutes put up alluring advertisements of ‘work from home typing assignments’ on their websites. When the job aspirants contacted them and applied for the job, the accused took Rs4,000 to Rs5,000 from each job aspirant on the pretext of registration fees.
After taking the money they gave typing assignments to the victims and when the applicants sent the completed material, the accused rejected it finding shortcomings in their work. They paid meagre amounts to the candidates and forfeited their registration money. The number of victims duped by these two fraud institutions are more than 500.
SP (state cyber cell) Dr Gurkaran Singh said, “Police received many such complaints recently after lockdown in which the victims were duped on the pretext of work from home job opportunity. Acting on such complaints, state cyber cell formed a special team led by inspector Abhishek Sonekar that raided two such institutions involved in online fraud operating from MP Nagar area in the past two days. Police arrested Aniruddh Chouksey, 30, director of Massinfo Media MP Nagar on September 1, and Gaurav Joshi, 28, director of Business Infotech MP Nagar on September 2. The drive against such online fraudsters will continue.”
SP Singh said, “In the complaints received against Chouksey and Joshi, the complainants stated that the accused gave advertisements of ‘work from home online typing assignments’ in newspapers and their websites.
When the candidates contacted them, the accused took their details and asked them to pay a registration fee of Rs4,000-Rs 5,000 in advance. They lured the applicants by advertising that the candidate will have to complete typing work of 4,000 pages per month for which they will be paid Rs48000 at the rate of Rs12 per page. The candidates said that the accused always found ‘mistakes’ in their assignments and paid only Rs 300-Rs1000.”
Further investigation is underway. During the pandemic, internet activity has increased — and so have the incidents of cybercrime. Police have issued advisories and have urged residents to be vigilant against such fraudsters.