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Tech Mahindra turns to digital signatures to counter fake hiring scams

PTI New Delhi | Updated on November 23, 2017

IT firm Tech Mahindra is now turning to digital signatures to help job seekers distinguish genuine offer letters from the fake ones and not fall prey to fraudsters.

Tech Mahindra has stepped up its efforts to fight impostors 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,” Tech Mahindra Chief Risk Officer Sunil Sanger told PTI.

He 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,” Sanger said.

Mails like ‘Recruiters from TechMahindra 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’ are sent, which leads to a genuine-looking Website are used by these fraudsters.

He said such 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 companies.

“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.

The company is also working actively with law enforcement agencies and industry body Nasscom on the issue.

“We regularly send 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.

Published on January 05, 2014

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