Essar warns engineers against fake job racket

Vol 20, PW 26 (21 Sep 17) People & Policy

Essar has issued a warning against fraudsters using its company name to lure unsuspecting engineers with promises of jobs.

Over August and September thousand of graduates across India received the following email with an Essar logo: "We are inviting graduates in engineering (auto, mechanical, electrical, civil) to work for Essar group." Essar, adds the mail, needs 286 full-time candidates urgently for a new plant it is setting up which has openings for senior and junior oil and gas equipment engineers, oil refinery planning engineers, junior and senior mechanical engineers for automobile, steel and power, and civil engineers for construction and infrastructure. On offer, says the fake mail, are handsome annual salaries ranging from Rs2.24 lakhs ($3500) to Rs36.98 lakhs ($58,000).

"I received the email on September 8 in my mailbox and was quick to respond sending across my CV," says a graduate from Gujarat. But he was wary, earlier losing Rs500 ($7.81) to a similar scam.

When a PETROWATCH correspondent submitted his CV as a test he received the following response: "You have to deposit a Registration Fee of Rs900 ($14)." Also demanded were sensitive identity details such as Aadhar and PAN card numbers plus a photo. A call to Essar's official 'talent acquisition team' (022 6660 1100) revealed no such email was sent.

"The email is fake," said Essar. "Fraudsters send such emails to extract money from people."

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