Staff Reporter

KOCHI: Some firms engaged in overseas recruitment were using innovative means to cheat jobseekers, complained a group of people at the Ernakulam Press Club on Thursday. One of them - Saju Kuruvilla said that hundreds of people seeking jobs abroad were cheated by a firm which placed an advertisement on December 2005 in a regional daily seeking applications for jobs in New Zealand.

“A couple plotted the scheme. They took demand drafts of up to Rs.2 lakh from people after making them believe that job were guaranteed,” he added.

He said that the firm demanded a further Rs.15,000 for candidates to undergo medical test at a Delhi hospital. They had to further shell out Rs.2,000 for signing a copy of job agreement, after being told that work permits had arrived from New Zealand. The firm began delaying their journey, citing unavailability of get air tickets. Another excuse was that a CBI probe was under way, said Josey Xavier, another applicant.

Non-existent firm

“We petitioned Minister for Overseas Indian Affairs Vayalar Ravi. We were told that such a firm did not exist and that the documents shown to the candidates and the seals were forged.”

He said that the Government must intervene as the couple had a Singapore visa and were likely to leave the country.