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The perfect scam script: the railroad work racket was meticulously planned to fool many for 10 years without the cover exploding | Ghaziabad News


GHAZIABAD: A fake work agent greets a person who pretends to be a doctor walking through the corridors of the North Central Railway Hospital in Delhi and escorts a railroad job seeker to an isolated place to take blood samples. “We will do the rest,” the candidate is told.
As the operation of the multi-core fake rail works scam develops, the meticulousness with which everything was planned, from the stationery to the medical exams and the real stipends they paid during the entire period of false training, was possibly the reason why it was not detected for 10 years. . “The stamps and letterheads could even be genuine, obtained illegally through railway employees. Railroad employees may have been involved, ”said a police officer on Saturday.
In resolving the modus operandi of what appears to be an interstate gang, police said the first phase of operations was standard: “Emails, pamphlets, and newspaper ads would announce job vacancies, with a contact number for interested, “said Ramesh Rana, an officer at the Tronica City police station. They would be given a form to complete, the official part of things and a bank account to transfer money to the unofficial part of things. The understanding? A sum of money paid to these “work agents” would insure the work.
The money transfer would roll the ball over the rest. A counterfeit letter from the Indian railways, which resembles the original to the last detail, would inform the candidate that he must be “personally present for the medical examination.” “Northern Railway Central Hospital, Basant Ln, Railway Colony, Paharganj, New Delhi,” for example, was where applicants reported in Delhi. In the hospital, the fake doctor would take samples and put the candidate on the way.
But what if the medical exam went wrong? The agency promised to take care of that. For Rs 1 lakh. Or Rs 2 lakh. Depending on how much you would like it. One month after the medical exam, the candidate would receive a training letter. Get in touch with our associates, they will be informed. The contact number would only be shared by email; It is not necessary that the follow-up be longer than necessary.
Preparation for the “work” in question would begin at a training center established near a railway station. Ghaziabad police said those fake centers have been tracked in Delhi, Ghaziabad, Bengaluru and Chennai.
In lots of five, candidates would review things they “need to know for their jobs” with “professional trainers”, also part of the setup. “The coach would talk about work management, the corporate sector and then move on to an overview of the Indian railways, their history and a bit about trains and coaches,” he added.
The training would take two months. The total amount of money would only be paid, in cash or transferred to a bank account, after the training ended. “The defendant used a SIM card for a candidate. When all this was over, the number would simply turn off and be out of order, leaving no way to track them again, ”said Rana.
In the 10 years that Hitesh ran the scam, he cheated at least 300 people from Rs 5-8 crore. The current rate was Rs 20 lakh for the position of assistant station chief, Rs 15 lakh for the job of a ticket collector and Rs 10 lakh for C&D group positions. Police gathered this on the basis of a book confiscated from the defendants, which names 330 victims.
The money would be collected in phases, as each step progressed, a tacit guarantee by the scammers. “Candidates would be asked to deposit between 40 and 50% of the money at the beginning. The rest would be paid later, ”said Rana. Also for the “official” side of things, candidates would receive specific instructions. “The defendants would also ask the candidates to sign their documents from the press officers when they came for medical exams or training,” Rana said. All in keeping with the appearance of the protocol.
Each paper, each mail was an example of excellent counterfeiting. “The fake documents and advertisements were all drawn up, which may have been the reason why so many people fell in love with them,” Rana said. Ads or pamphlets, for example, would be written differently than emails. The “official” documents, such as the call for a medical examination or appointment letters, would be well written: the Indian Railways logo perfectly in place, without a source and without misplaced prayer. Police have confiscated fake railroad stamps, letterheads and envelopes.
The scale of operations was also a reason why the scam remained off the radar for so long. “The pamphlets were distributed in Bangalore, Chennai, the defendant told us … The training centers were all over the country. Also the medical centers,” said Rana. Each time the scam took its course, candidates may have approached to the police, but the cases would be so scattered that it would have been difficult to gather them and trace the lines that connect them, the police said, in fact, about 60% of the candidates came from southern India: Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Andhra Pradesh.
The defendants have been reserved for criminal conspiracy, cheating, forgery of government seals, using as a genuine government seal that is known to be a fake, forgery of valuable security, forgery for the purpose of cheating and using as a document Electronic or genuine counterfeit paper. Police said Hitesh, of Nagpur in Maharashtra, formed the gang in 2009. The alleged gang leader, Vikar Ul, is from NCR and was arrested along with one more person on Friday.

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