450 youth duped of Rs 1.56 crore

PANAJI: A complaint of cheating has been filed against a recruitment company for allegedly duping 450 Goan job seekers to the tune of ` 1.56 crore, on the pretext of providing them jobs abroad.

In this regard, the chairman of a Margao-based NGO, Goa Citizens Welfare Trust, Mr Michael T Fernandes has lodged a complaint with the crime branch of Central Investigation Department (CDI) alleging that a recruitment agency called Global International Group-3, has duped 450 unemployed youth to the tune of ` 1.56 crore.

Speaking to the media, Mr Fernandes said that candidates applied for jobs based on advertisements appearing in local newspaper in the first week of December. The recruitment company then began sending letters from December 12, 2011, along with slips for medical examination at Sanghvi Medical Centre, located in four centres in India - two in Delhi, one in Bangalore and one in Panaji.

Mr Fernandes said all 112 candidates did their medical by paying ` 9000 at the centre mentioned in the offer letters. The officials of Sanghvi Medical Centre said the reports were sent directly to the company on January 23. Soon after, the candidates began getting contract letters.

Soon thereafter, a visa approval list with 189 names was received on January 29 and another list with 89 names was received in the second week of February. However, no demand for money was made.

Mr Fernandes said that however, on February 5, the company sent e-mails asking the candidates to pay ` 25,780 in cash towards visa and air ticket, to a person called Shameer Khan in Mumbai, who could be contacted on a particular number. Simultaneously, the candidates also began receiving calls from an international number from one Farooque from Afghanistan, asking them to pay Shameer the amount without delay.

On February 9, Farooque asked the candidates to pay the amount to one Manish in Margao; however, on February 16, Manish refused to accept money. The company then sent letters informing the candidates who had paid the money that the visa would appear on March 20, ten days prior to departure on March 30. The candidates were also told that if they change their mind about going abroad and wished for a refund then they should e-mail on info@globalg3.com.

However, till March 26 as no tickets or visas arrived, nor was there any sign of refund, and as there was no response from the company, they lodged a complaint with the police.