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Held for defrauding job seeker

The accused had taken money from the complainant for 'Covid-19 fitness certificates and documents needed to travel abroad'
Pubali Mitra, who hails from Khardah in North 24-Parganas, was picked up from her rented accommodation in Kasba

Snehal Sengupta   |   Salt Lake   |   Published 17.01.21, 01:31 AM

A woman, in her late 30s, was arrested early on Saturday for allegedly duping a job seeker by telling him that he had bagged a job in Singapore and taking money from him for “Covid-19 fitness certificates and documents needed to travel abroad”, police said.

Pubali Mitra, who hails from Khardah in North 24-Parganas, was picked up from her rented accommodation in Kasba after Purnangshu Bose lodged a complaint at cyber crime police station in Salt Lake. He complained that he had received a mail directing him to call a number if he wanted a job after he had put up his resume on a website in October, an officer of Bidhannagar commissionerate said.

“He also received a second email asking him to get in touch with a Mitra, who had introduced herself as the placement officer of a fake Singapore-based company. The mail offered him a senior position in sales at a telecom company,” said the officer.

When Bose called the number for a job interview, Mitra asked him to cough up nearly Rs 15,000 for preparing his “Covid-19 fitness certificate and other medical certificates”, the officer said.

Bose was convinced since she had also asked for his payslips, identity cards and other documents. After he paid the money Mitra even gave him a money receipt and a few days later asked him to give more than Rs 30,000. “That made him suspicious and he lodged a complaint,” said the officer.

Mitra was produced before a court in Salt Lake that sent her to judicial custody for 14 days.

She has been charged under various IPC sections, including 420 (cheating). If proven, she can be sent to jail for seven years.

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