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Delhi Police Starts Probing Online Job Racket Impersonating Maruti Suzuki

THE TIMES OF INDIA reported news on 11th November, 2013 stating that Delhi Police are probing an alleged employment scandal in which scam e-mails were mailed to job-seekers while purporting to be from the 'Maruti Suzuki India Limited', the renowned subsidiary of Suzuki Motor Corporation of Japan, to candidates whose CVs (curriculum vitae) were posted on job portals.

According to FIR registered by Niranjan Kumar of Bangalore, the accused posing as Aiko Hiroko, GM (General Manager) of Human Resources, Maruti sent him a mail in May (2013) on behalf of Maruti Suzuki India Limited informing him that his resume has been chosen from 'Naukri(dot)com' for its (Maruti) upcoming plant, offering him the designation of Executive or Manager of a Department.

The email apparently said that his meeting will take place at the company's HR office at Nelson Mandela Road, Vasant Kunj on 2nd June, 2013 and his appointment letter together with air ticket would be couriered to him and he was offered monthly salary ranging from Rs. 50,000 to Rs. 4,00,000 along with perks.

However, the fraudsters demanded refundable 'security money' of Rs.15, 990 to lock the job of the candidate.

Maruti in an official statement dissociated itself from the ongoing scam email campaign said that Maruti does not take payments towards recruitment in its organization. This is a fraudulent email being operated by a group of criminals and the matter is being investigated by the police. However, we have issued public notices and cautioned people with an update on our website too.

Moreover, the company advised potential job seekers to be cautious while using social networking sites like Facebook and online employment sites like Naukri.com, Monster.com and Craiglist.com and must check the real website (for instance Maruti Suzuki in the above case) of the company to verify whether the position actually exists. Maruti added that if you don't find it on their website then chances are that it's a scam.

Moreover, this is not the first time that Maruti's name has been exploited by online scammers. In March 2013, scam emails purporting to be from Maruti were discovered which informed potential job seeker that their resume from Monster.com had been selected for new plant of Maruti.

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