Bangalore: Maharashtra man arrested for deceiving job seekers through fake adverts


Bengaluru city police on Monday arrested a 34-year-old man from Maharashtra for allegedly deceiving job seekers by posting fake advertisements on several websites.

Sanjeev Gangaram Ghurka, a resident of Chinchwad, Pune, has been arrested by police for allegedly posting fake advertisements on websites offering jobs at renowned IT companies, conducting interviews and possibly demanding security deposits. He had eight bank accounts and introduced himself as Pradeep. The victims only realized they had been cheated when they approached IBM India Private Limited and found no one working there under the name Pradeep.

Sampigehalli Police, which registered the FIR, said Ghurka deceived four people and sent employment letters to more than 40 applicants with the possibility that others could have been defrauded. A police officer said: “Ghurka used to run advertisements on OLX and other platforms claiming to recruit for IBM company. He sent letters of appeal to candidates, conducted interviews. Before offering employment, he demanded the payment of a deposit for the supply of computer equipment to work from home.

His arrest came after IBM India Private Limited’s human resources manager, Abhijit Roy, filed a complaint with the police.

The officer said, “Ghurka, who is a B.Com graduate, worked at IBM Daksh, a business process outsourcing (BPO) firm and quit 5 years ago. Later he started to deceive many of them. We suspect there are over 100 victims but many of them have not filed charges against him. He used to take money in the range of Rs 15,000 to Rs 75,000.”

He was taken into custody and a new investigation is underway.


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