An unemployed graduate was delighted to see an online advertisement in the name of ‘’ calling for applications for ‘direct recruitment jobs’ in the company. It is a dream career for most graduates to join the top car manufacturing company in the country.

The advertiser called upon ‘prospective job seekers’ or rather ‘victims’ to remit a non-refundable fee of Rs.16,750 by giving an account number of State Bank of India in Delhi. A youth of Gopalapatnam area promptly remitted the fee. He subsequently received another mail seeking payment of processing fee.

This made him suspicious about the genuineness of the advertisement. He went to a Maruti Suzuki showroom and enquired about the vacancies in the company. The youth realised that he was cheated when the local dealer told him that the company would never issue such an advertisement. He went and lodged a complaint with the police.

In another case, a similar job notification was given in the name of ‘EPDCL’.

The technological developments have, no doubt, made life a lot easier but when due diligence is not exercised, one can run into trouble. Similarly, social networking has made life simple facilitating online chatting and sharing of photos and information, including personal details, on social networking sites. One should give their genuine details and avoid posting photos.

They should not reveal passwords and their bank account details even to their friends. Girls should either avoid posting their photos or be extra careful when posting them on social networking sites, says Cyber Crime Inspector B.V. Venkateswara Rao.

Mr. Venkateswara Rao cautioned women against posting their photos on social networking sites and advised parents to keep a watch on the online chatting by their children. Parents or students facing cyber problems can contact Mr. Venkateswara Rao on mobile no. 94906 17917 for help.

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