Tech Mahindra Goes Digital To Fight Fake Hiring Scams

by CXOtoday News Desk    Jan 06, 2014

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IT firm Tech Mahindra is now turning to digital signatures to help job seekers distinguish authentic offer letters from the fake ones. The company has stepped up its efforts to fight fraudsters who claim to be its representatives offering jobs at the company in exchange for anything between a few thousand rupees to Rs 1 lakh.

“Fake jobs rackets have been there for quite some time but the instances reported have gone up. These fraudsters claim to be from the company and promise jobs in exchange for money. They are also very cautious and they keep changing their e-mail IDs and bank account details to ensure that they can’t be tracked,” said Tech Mahindra Chief Risk Officer Sunil Sanger said in a statement.

Sanger added that these groups are also technology-savvy and often set up Web sites that resemble the company’s official Web site. “We are now implementing technology solutions to help curb this menace. We want to ensure that people do not fall prey to such schemes. One of the steps is introducing digital signatures to make our offer letters more secure,” he said.

In the past several months, mails like ‘Recruiters from Tech Mahindra are asking for your fully updated profile and confirmation from you to shortlist your profile’ or ‘Send your confirmation by uploading your profile to get shortlisted’ were doing the rounds, which led to a genuine-looking Website that are used by these fraudsters. Sanger told PTI that these rackets run across the country and are especially strong in cities such as Pune, Mumbai, Delhi—NCR, Bangalore and Hyderabad, which are hubs for IT firms.

“Often these people schedule interviews in some other city and ask the target to travel at short notice. They make the offer look genuine, almost like a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. And many fall prey,” he said.

Tech Mahindra is also working closely with law enforcement agencies and industry body Nasscom on the issue. The company is also sending out communications to the public at large. “People do not have to pay money to work with us, in fact we pay our employees as part of the referral system to induct fresh talent,” he said in the statement.