He got a website made and posted fake jobs under various government departments

Bengaluru man arrested for running fake govt site and duping 9000 job aspirantsImage: Bengaluru City Police/Twitter
news Thursday, March 24, 2016 - 10:10

A 22-year-old Bengaluru man suspected to have cheated over 9000 government-job seekers by running a fake government site has been arrested.

According to the press release by the Bengaluru city police, the man named A Arjun who ran a fake government site, was caught on Wednesday.

He had collected thousands of rupees as application fee for the entrance exam for a “government job”. The police recovered over Rs 32.45 lakh in cash.

Arjun who was pursuing BCom by distance education learned that many people ran fake websites in the name of existing organisations and making money. He then decided to make a fake one under the government’s name itself.

He got an organisation named called Karnataka State Educational, Cultural and Sports Organization (KSECS) registered in Bengaluru district. He then opened an account in a bank at Visweshwaraiah Layout near Kengeri and showed these as proof to website designers. Once he got the website up, he learnt how to upload content.

In February 2016, he put up over 728 job postings in various government orgnisations on the website. The posts were for first division assistants (FDAs), second division assistants (SDAs), typists and drivers. He also managed to advertise in newspapers and gave his website as the link, reported Deccan Herald.

Over 9000 people applied by giving an application fee of Rs 500 for general category and Rs 250 for SC/ST and OBC category candidates by postal orders. He procured a Biller Identity Number from the postal department to transfer the application fee to his bank account at Kengeri.

After CID sleuths were informed, they checked with the respective government departments about the recruitments, following which they realised this website was fake. They tracked Arjun using the IP address. When they caught him, he gave them the BIN number, which they used to contact the postal department and recovered the cash.

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