In its bid to create awareness, India’s leading carrier, IndiGo, issued an advisory to be cognisance around fake job offers.
IndiGo, through its creatives across social media and website is raising awareness of how certain people claiming to represent it are misusing the brand name and the names of airline employees, demanding money in exchange for interviews or jobs.
The airline does not charge any money for conducting interviews, providing jobs, or imparting trainings on joining. IndiGo strictly advises to report the matter to the police if someone asks for money and promise of a job at IndiGo. The carrier is also taking appropriate actions for cases that get reported and hence is focused on spreading awareness.
IndiGo believes that the issue can be handled only by a combination of legal/police action as well as awareness. IndiGo is taking the various measures to spread awareness about fake job offers like frequent emails from HR leader to all IndiGo employees informing them and seeking support to spread awareness.
The airline is also undertaking a placement of ‘caution’ posters/standees at key spots at all airports. ‘Caution’ standee placements during hiring drives at all locations, posts on IndiGo’s official social media channels – Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn – every month is also being carried out.
The airline’s official career website also features a ‘caution’ note on the home page. Please visit http://bit.ly/3ix0dbL for more information.
During the pandemic, aviation consultancy firm CAPA India said that the decision by IndiGo to lay off 10 per cent of its staff was “The beginning of a painful process for Indian aviation as things start to unravel from the impact of COVID-19.”
The firm added that it will be impossible to survive this crisis without a strong balance sheet.
Not the First Airline
In October 2020, Delhi Police had busted a fake job racket in the name of Air India that duped hundreds of job seekers across the country and amassed lakhs of rupees. Three accused, including a woman, were then arrested.
The gang used to lure job seekers who lost jobs during the pandemic and asked them to deposit money to get a job in the national carrier.
Fake job letters and interviews were also conducted to win their trust.
The police got active after a woman approached Palam Village police station and lodged a complaint about being duped more than Rs. 71,000. She told the police that she had been with Zomato since 2017 but lost her job due to the pandemic. She was looking for an opportunity and received an email from the purported Air India email address regarding a job appointment with the airline.
As desired she shared her resume and deposited Rs. 1,875 at first. She then received an offer letter and was asked to deposit money for uniform, verification among others. However, she smelled a rat.
On the basis of technical analysis, cyber surveillance swooped down on a man named Shadab Malik resident of Hindon Vihar, Ghaziabad, UP who was earlier arrested in similar kind of offence by Uttarakhand Police. Malik was running a call centre from Noida and he along with his accomplice Kumud Ranjan Kamlesh and Priyanka Goswami were arrested.