Mumbai: Scores of job-seekers in Mumbai may have fallen for a fake recruitment scheme in which they were offered positions in the flight crew, mainly air hostesses, and ground staff of the yet-to-be-launched airline AirAsia India.
A newspaper advertisement this month encouraged applicants to call a private phone number, where fraudsters posing as the airline’s HR executives asked them to deposit over Rs 1 lakh for an interview call.
The fraudsters asked the applicants to appear for interviews at the airline’s Sahar airport counter, which doesn’t exist; the company has only one office in the city, at Nariman Point.
While the exact number of victims is not known yet, officials from the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) said that at least 50 people responding to the advertisement were turned away from the Sahar airport on June 19.
“I was asked to give an interview at the AirAsia office at the international airport,” said Goregaon resident Vijay Nallawala, who called the number mentioned in the ad, but wisely decided not to apply.
He realised something was not right when the ‘AirAsia executive’ on the phone said that he would have to deposit Rs 1.2 lakh before the interview.
26/06/13 Aditya Anand/Mumbai Mirror