The Kurla police have arrested a 22-year-old woman on charges of cheating job aspirants by posing as HR managers of reputed firms. The police said suspect Reena Hiraskar was working for a Delhi-based man, who used to send mails to job seekers, asking them to meet her in Mumbai for interviews.
Kandivli resident Hiraskar was recently caught by a watchman on the premises of a cement sheet manufacturing firm where she was supposed to meet a candidate. After being alerted, the company officials handed her over to the police.
Inspector Gangadhar Sonawane of Kurla police station said the company had informed them on April 1 that they had come across a nattily dressed woman who was claiming herself as the HR manager of the company.
"Hiraskar told us that she was working for a certain Satish from Delhi. Satish targeted youth who upload resumes on job search sites and send mails from ids that appeared identical to that of reputed companies," said Sonawane.
The officer said Satish would give the candidates contact details of the 'HR manager' who would be conducting the interviews in Mumbai.
"Hiraskar was standing on the company's premises at Lion Garden in Kurla, when a guard demanded to see her id card. She told him that she was the HR head. Suspecting foul play, the watchman informed officials, who then informed the police," said Sonawane.
In the meantime, a man from Chennai reached the spot and said he had come there to meet Hiraskar for an interview. Sonawane said the con woman is an event management graduate.
The police said Satish apparently paid Hiraskar Rs 500 per interview. The modus-operandi was that after the interview, Hiraskar would hand over a bogus appointment letter to a candidate and ask him to pay Rs2 lakh to secure the job.
The police have come across a man from Kerala who was conned by Hiraskar. "Despite the woman meeting people on roads, none of the well-educated victims suspected anything foul," said Sonawane, adding that police were on the lookout for Satish.