Job racket: UP STF seeks details of bank accounts of accused

Three of the 59 persons arrested from two Noida-based call centres, sealed for running a job racket, were being brought to Lucknow for further probe even as the Uttar Pradesh STF sought details of bank accounts of the accused to assess the amount involved in the fraud.

Lucknow: Three of the 59 persons arrested from two Noida-based call centres, sealed for running a job racket, were being brought to Lucknow for further probe even as the Uttar Pradesh STF sought details of bank accounts of the accused to assess the amount involved in the fraud.

 "We are collecting details of the bank accounts to assess the amount involved in the fraud," Additional Superintendent of Police, STF, Triveni Singh said here today.

 The STF is at present scrutinising 13 bank accounts of the accused, he said.

 Singh said that of the 59 persons arrested yesterday, 56 have been released after registering a case under Section 420 (cheating) of the IPC against them.

 Three others, including two girls, were being brought to Lucknow from Noida on remand for detailed investigation as the original FIR, that necessitated the probe, was registered in the state capital.

 Asked about the media reports that the fraud could run into Rs 100 crore, the ASP said it could be ascertained only after full details of the bank accounts were available.

 The STF had yesterday sealed two Noida-based call centres and arrested 59 persons allegedly involved in the racket.

 Explaining their modus operandi, Singh said they were working in the call centres and used to contact job seekers posing as representatives of online job portals, where they had applied, and asked to make a payment for the job.

 After taking the amount, they also used to give fake appointment letters to some of the victims.

 Several victims had complained to the STF in Lucknow about the online job fraud following which the force had initiated an investigation and sealed the two call centres in B-Block of Sector 5 and D-Block in Sector 10 of Noida.

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