Rajkot man held over fake ads of govt jobs

Accused Sachin Pandya developed a website and placed the advertisements. Till now 4,000 have paid money online

The Cybercrime Cell has arrested a Rajkot resident, who is allegedly part of a gang that would place fake government advertisements about jobs in local newspapers and collect money from people as application fees.

The scam came to light on Thursday after an advertisement was placed in newspapers on October 15. The “advertisement for direct recruitment by Gujarat Employment Services” sought applications from job seekers between the ages of 18 and 50 for 2,520 vacancies for posts like business development officer, customer service officer, district officer, computer operator etc, on a 11-month contract. Applicants were asked to fill a form on the website www.gujarates.co.in and deposit Rs 300 as application fee for jobs that came with the incentive of work from home due to the Covid-19 pandemic

Following this, the Labour and Employment Department of Gujarat government issued a clarification, refuting that they had placed the advertisement.

They also filed a complaint with Cybercell.

Talking to Mirror, DCP Cyber Crime Amit Vasava said, “The accused Sachin Pandya developed the website and placed the advertisements. Till now, a total of 4,000 students have paid money online. Initial probe has revealed the name of Pandya and Raghuvarsinh Sarvaiya.” The probe is focussed Pandya in whose account around Rs 14 lakh have been collected, he added.

Pandya has studied till Class 12 and runs recruitment agencies in Ahmedabad and Rajkot.

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