Two of the country's biggest business conglomerates - Cyrus Mistry-led Tata Group and Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Industries - have become targets of fake job syndicates making fraudulent employment offers to gullible jobseekers in lieu of money.
After coming across several instances of such fraudulent job offers being made in their name, both the groups warned of initiating strict civil and criminal actions against these fraudsters and also issued separate public notices in this regard.
According to senior executives at some leading human resource consultants, they have been also approached by certain people claiming to be representatives of these groups and had asked them to arrange for potential candidates for numerous vacancies.
However, they got suspicious after they got to know that certain cash deposits were being demanded from the job applicants and they directly approached the internal HR departments of the respective groups, said head of a leading HR consultancy.
Subsequently, it was discovered that the job offers were being made by some fake employment syndicates looking to make quick bucks by promising lucrative postings at leading business groups like Reliance and Tatas, he said, while adding that the HR consultants have now become more vigilant for such frauds.
Previously, mostly IT companies have been hit by such frauds, which seek to take advantage of the people desperately looking for job offers.
Salt-to-software conglomerate Tata group, which has more than 4.5 lakh employees across its about 100 companies, said in its public notice that it has already lodged a complaint with the Delhi Police and Mumbai Police about such fraudulent actions.
Reliance Industries, which had a total workforce of 23,519 employees and 29,462 temporary as per its annual report, casual or contractual staff as on March 31, also said it would take possible civil and criminal actions "against such persons who indulge in such illegal activities and are responsible for causing such disrepute to RIL and its group companies".
The notice, issued by by RIL's HR Head, said that Reliance Industries and its group companies have come to know about some unauthorised persons making false and frivolous job offers at RIL and its group firms by demanding cash deposits in specified bank accounts.
The group said that such offers are "purportedly made to bring disrepute to RIL and its group companies" and asked the job seekers not to be misled by them.