Maruti seeks police help to crackdown on fake recruitment net

Maruti seeks police help to crackdown on fake recruitment net New Delhi: Concerned over rising instances of fake recruitment mails and advertisements on Internet misusing its name, Maruti Suzuki India has filed an FIR with the economic offence wing of Delhi Police seeking a crackdown on such frauds.

In the FIR filed earlier this month, the company said after the arrests of some people connected with such fake recruitment cases in February 2011, these occurrences were sporadic but it has picked up again.

"...These fraudsters have again become active and are back demanding money (Rs 12,000 to Rs 16,000) to be deposited in various accounts of SBI, ICICI, HDFC, AXIS Banks etc. Maruti Suzuki India Ltd does not have any concern with any of them," the company said in its FIR, which was filed against "unknown" person.

When contacted, Maruti Suzuki India (MSI) Chief Operating Officer (Administration) S Y Siddiqui confirmed the company has taken such a step.

"Our main concern is that this fraud is not restricted only to one particular city or state. It is spread across the country. It seems it is a pan India thing," Siddiqui said.

He said the company was more concerned about gullible people seeking jobs at lower level being "taken for a ride by these scamsters" as they are most likely not to be able to recognise the fake e-mails from which they were getting recruitment offers.

The FIR mentioned that the fake mails even mentioned the name of the company's ex-Managing Director Shinzo Nakanishi, who had retired earlier this month.

"We have been carrying out awareness campaign against these fake recruitment mails through advertisements and our website but we are still receiving complaints," Siddiqui added.

MSI has a proper recruitment structure and advertises in national dailies for job vacancies and does not charge any money for recruitment, he said.

"In fact, it is the other way round, we pay candidates travel and daily allowance when they come for interviews. So people need to realise that whenever they get mails demanding money for job in Maruti, it is fake," Siddiqui said.

He said the company has offered the police, services of the company's information technology team to help them in investigation.

Siddiqui, who is also the President of National HRD Network, said MSI has taken up the issue with the body as "other companies could also be facing similar situation" and spread awareness within the industry.

PTI