Yesterday evening at around 730 I received a mail from Skoda informing I was the among the 112 people who got selected and out of which 110 would get the job.  I had to pay a security deposit of nearly 8k towards travel (flight tickets) etc.  There was a guy's number and name too given.

I spoke to this guy this morning and asked about this and he asked me to deposit the amount asap and when I asked which branch is he from, he panicked and said he'll handle my case at 2 PM.

Sensing fraud I went to the Skoda India website and found that the actual email was "recruitment@skoda-auto.co.in" and our man had emailed me from "recruitment@skoda-autos.in"

Rang him up and gave him a piece of my mind. His phone's switched off ever since.

Here is the letter I got.

Tags: Skoda, fraud, recruitment

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This is so well impersonated. I'm sure, many people would have got trapped in this.

Whois data on this domain has the following info. Note the email ID which has an "seo" in it - possibly someone who sits and taps keyboards (and wallets!) all day. The phone no. etc listed is obviously fake/someone else's.

Domain ID:D5897465-AFIN 
Domain Name:SKODA-AUTOS.CO.IN 
Created On:24-Feb-2012 09:05:09 UTC 
Last Updated On:24-Apr-2012 19:21:05 UTC 
Expiration Date:24-Feb-2013 09:05:09 UTC 
Sponsoring Registrar:Rediff.com India Limited (R37-AFIN) 
Status:OK 
Registrant ID:RD-120828378930 
Registrant Name:Arun Jain 
Registrant Organization:skoda-autos.co.in 
Registrant Street1:New Delhi- 
Registrant Street2: 
Registrant Street3: 
Registrant City:DELHI 
Registrant State/Province:Delhi 
Registrant Postal Code:110001 
Registrant Country:IN 
Registrant Phone:+91.61820000 
Registrant Phone Ext.:221 
Registrant FAX:+91.61820000 
Registrant FAX Ext.:361 
Registrant Email:@rediffmail.com 

I have seen a lot of candidates complaining on getting mails with reference of the website in the mail and mails mentioning job offers from very reputed names like BP,Castrol, Airbus etc. In some cases, some of these intelligent candidates paid lakhs of rupees to these fraudsters without even validating the credentials

All the job sites now have put in certain code of conduct and precautionary messages on the site to safeguard people from these scams but these guys find their own ways.

Interestingly, nobody thinks that how can one get shortlisted without even applying to a job. :-)

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