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The Work from Home concept is very attractive for most people, as the advertisements offer huge sums of money for a few hours of simple work. But would you really be paid well for doing nothing much! If it is too good to be true, then it probably is not true!

The modus operandi is usually attractive advertisements on websites, public places and social media. The application procedure involves filling up a form with all your details and you have to purchase a welcome kit. If you refer more people then you get paid a percentage for each reference that materializes, so basically you make other people also fall prey to the scam.

The scope of work is mostly like:

  • Envelope stuffing (mailing programs)
  • Assembly work
  • Gifting programs
  • Email processing
  • Rebate processing
  • Repackaging
  • Payment processing
  • Jobs that ask for money to hire you
  • Businesses that don’t have an evident product or service.

If you are a victim of a work from home scam, then cyber laws has recourse for you.If the scammers use your personal data to make fake profiles and commit any crimes, then they are liable under Section 66-D for Cyber Personation, which is punishable with imprisonment upto 3 years and a fine.

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The scammers are liable for Identity Theft under Section 66-C if they use your password or any other unique identification feature.

The scammers are liable under Section 43 of the Information Technology Act makes unauthorized access an offence, and Section 43 A makes a Company liable for breach of privacy and confidentiality by payment of compensation to the victim for failure to protect data.

The data that you provide to the scammers is priceless. Along with your personal information they have your credit card data too and misuse the same. When you purchase the welcome kit you may not be directed to a safe payment portal. This renders you vulnerable credit card frauds. And your personal data is sold to marketing companies without your consent.

A leading case of this type of scam was when the Cyber Crime Cell of Crime Branch, C.I.D., Mumbai Police arrested a person by name Sripathi Guruprasanna Raj, aged 52 years old, who is the Chairman and Managing Director of Sohonet India Private Ltd., a company based in Chennai. Many complainants based in Mumbai had complained to the Cyber Crime Investigation Cell, that the said company has duped them each for Rs. 4,000/- and Rs. 6,000/- by promising them with monthly income of Rs. 15,000/-.

Cyber Crime Cell of Crime Branch, C.I.D., Mumbai Police have arrested a person by name Sripathi Guruprasanna Raj, aged 52 yrs who is the Chairman and Managing Director of Sohonet India Private Ltd., a company based in Chennai. Many complainants based in Mumbai had complained to the Cyber Crime Investigation Cell, that the said company has duped them each for Rs. 4,000/- and Rs. 6,000/- by promising them with monthly income of Rs. 15,000/-. The company had through its website having URL http://www.sohonetindia.com and through various attractive advertisements in the news papers as well as by holding seminars in five star hotels, in various metropolitan cities like Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Bangalore etc. had lured the various computer literate people with attractive schemes named Instant Treasure Pack (ITP) and Green Channel The company then asked the interested people to register with their company for which they charged the registration fees of Rs. 4,000/- which was later increased to Rs. 6,000/-. The company CMD, Mr. Raj promised the people so registered that they would be provided with the data conversion job which would enable them to earn Rs. 15,000/- per month. The company then collected huge amount from the gullible computer users. Some of the users were provided with the job work whereas others were not even provided the job work (data conversion job) assured to them. The users who worked hard and completed the assignments did not receive any payment for the same, and when they tried getting in touch with the company, they received no response.

Works from Home scams are aplenty in India and scammers take advantage of the high rate of unemployment in India along with the house wife system which is popular in India.

A victim must make a complaint in the prescribed format to the Adjudicating Officer, DIT, Information Technology Act, 2000.

Above article is Written by:

Advocate Puneet Bhasin, Cyber Law Expert, Cyberjure Legal Consulting

www.cyberjure.com

[email protected]

 

 

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20 COMMENTS

  1. I’m filing a complaint against virtual web service Rajkot,Gujrat. A lady with contact no. +917698312946 called me up for home based job.work was to fill up the form online.for each form you will be getting Rs 35. I said yes. Then another person called me up and asked me for my id and asked whether you have a laptop. I said yes. And then she sent me the OTP and asked me to put in my phone. I did it as I was asked to do. Then they sent me the legal agreement made by them without explaining anything before. In which there is no sign of mine. In that they have mentioned out of 1000 forms 850 have to be right, if not they will charge me Rs. 4999 Work dutation was of 10 days. They sent me login id and password for st bposervice site.when I access it I saw the form and while seeing I came to know it is fraud. Nobody wants such data. I called up customer care number for help. Nobody was receiving my call and mb No was switch Off. After a long interval somebody attendee my call and was very rude. On that I decided to quit.and i was shocked that company lagal court case nd Fir me on date 19 sept 2019. They have started threatening me for amount .Rs37888 I’m having all the mail’s.i said I will not pay then I read their complaint on st bposervice site . Because Where many people complained against them. And now again on completion of10 days on 19th sept 2018 they are threatening me with legal papers , messages and mail. What should I do. They are only asking for money.and sent to jail, police, please help me, i should normally Do the work and i will check that this online work, legal fraud or right, but i came to know he is fraud, because they are not contact in 10 days and dont knock me, that and not treat me that How you work perfectly, after 10 days direct they are court case against me, and police fir, i am very trouble,

  2. Sir, I am from Alipurduar ,West Bengal.I have been scammed by KPV SOLUTIONS,which is a Maharashtra based fraud agency.

    I was searching jobs on some online job providing sites such as shine.com or monster.com.There somewhere I found a job offer which was home based form filling job.I applied.Later a person sent me an sms to contact him for job.I contacted on whatsapp.He told me that I would get paid 20 rs for each correct form and when I get my payment ,they would charge 4900rs as utility charges.He did not atleast once tell me that if I do not complete my work ,then still I have to pay charges.I agreed for job and sent him aadhar card photo as I was asked to .In a while he made an agreement even without my sign. on it mentioning that I have to pay charges too even if I do not get payment .I got scared.Started work .Long 10 days I worked day and night restless to complete the contract.I filled all the 1500 forms.but when I submitted,they showed me that 200 out of 1500 forms filled wrong where I had to fill 1350 forms as correct.I kept all the forms’ screenshots and when I compared them it seemed that they edited my correct forms at their end to charge me the money.I found several similar complaints on Google about this company.Today a fake advocate email have been received by me to charge them the fees 4900rs.
    Please help in this concern as I am helpless in this procees.
    My mail id -tbhattapd.gmail.com.
    Your necessary action would strongly be appreciated.

  3. Respected Mr.Prime Minister (Sri.Narenda Modiji)
    Sir, Myself Arindam Banerjee, Add: 9A/3/34 Sepco Township B-Zone Durgapur, West Bengal, Pin: 713205
    Need help
    Plzzz help me to get out of it
    Itech solutions/ software solutions, Maharastra
    Totally misguided me over mobile , wanted my mail id, mobile number, signature, then told job cannot be sent and registration has to completed after verification , they asked for mobile no and mail id of someone known to me for verification, I sent them.
    I sent my neighbour’s I’d and number
    Then the girl who contacted me for this job said if you cannot complete the 10000 captchas the my registration will be cancelled without any notice and I have to pay 5000 as penalty
    I then and there refused the job, then she said it’s just verbal not to worry, this is only to keep me in pressure so that I complete the job within time
    She also told me to just say “yes” to the person who will make the verification call
    I did the same as she said
    After that they sent me a link which was of no use without ‘id code” and “password’
    I kept waiting for two working days but nothing was sent to me from the company
    So I sent WhatsApp messages
    [24/04, 6:04 PM] aribanerjee2017: No response from ur side, job id and password not sent to me (2working days)
    That means registration is not done, leave it, I’ll not work with your company
    Arindam Banerjee

    [26/04, 12:48 PM] aribanerjee2017: What was the problem, you failed to provide the job?

    [26/04, 12:50 PM] aribanerjee2017: Another tele-caller from your company also called me, said job has been issued when I gave him my email id and fn no

    WhatsApp msg to her the above

    Yesterday morning, an advocate threatened me and forcing me to pay 80000/- over mobile
    Then this msg below was sent to me (below)

    ” Mr/Ms. arindam your internal case (6582623) has been listed on 07/05/2019 for proceedings. Kindly call in 9766540793 for details.
    Sir, I searched for this company on Google and found many complaints, many people like me have been cheated and compelled to give money according to the company”s demand and threatening calls
    Sir, I personally respect you a lot only bqz you have promised to give us a crime and corruption free India
    Please take necessary steps
    Yours sincerely
    Citizen of India

    Arindam Banerjee
    9A/3/34 Sepco Township, B-zone, Durgapur, West Bengal, Pin: 713205
    M. No: 8436330107

    ———- Forwarded message ———
    From: ARINDAM BANERJEE
    Date: Wed 8 May, 2019, 10:50 AM
    Subject: Plzzzz help me, false case filed by fraud company itech solutions/ software solutions, Maharastra
    To:

    Respected Mr.Prime Minister (Sri.Narenda Modiji)
    Sir, Myself Arindam Banerjee, Add: 9A/3/34 Sepco Township B-Zone Durgapur, West Bengal, Pin: 713205
    Need help
    Plzzz help me to get out of it
    Itech solutions/ software solutions, Maharastra
    Totally misguided me over mobile , wanted my mail id, mobile number, signature, then told job cannot be sent and registration has to completed after verification , they asked for mobile no and mail id of someone known to me for verification, I sent them.
    I sent my neighbour’s I’d and number
    Then the girl who contacted me for this job said if you cannot complete the 10000 captchas the my registration will be cancelled without any notice and I have to pay 5000 as penalty
    I then and there refused the job, then she said it’s just verbal not to worry, this is only to keep me in pressure so that I complete the job within time
    She also told me to just say “yes” to the person who will make the verification call
    I did the same as she said
    After that they sent me a link which was of no use without ‘id code” and “password’
    I kept waiting for two working days but nothing was sent to me from the company
    So I sent WhatsApp messages
    [24/04, 6:04 PM] aribanerjee2017: No response from ur side, job id and password not sent to me (2working days)
    That means registration is not done, leave it, I’ll not work with your company
    Arindam Banerjee

    [26/04, 12:48 PM] aribanerjee2017: What was the problem, you failed to provide the job?

    [26/04, 12:50 PM] aribanerjee2017: Another tele-caller from your company also called me, said job has been issued when I gave him my email id and fn no

    WhatsApp msg to her the above

    Yesterday morning, an advocate threatened me and forcing me to pay 80000/- over mobile
    Then this msg below was sent to me (below)

    ” Mr/Ms. arindam your internal case (6582623) has been listed on 07/05/2019 for proceedings. Kindly call in 9766540793 for details.
    Sir, I searched for this company on Google and found many complaints, many people like me have been cheated and compelled to give money according to the company”s demand and threatening calls
    Sir, I personally respect you a lot only bqz you have promised to give us a crime and corruption free India
    Please take necessary steps
    Yours sincerely
    Citizen of India

    Arindam Banerjee
    9A/3/34 Sepco Township, B-zone, Durgapur, West Bengal, Pin: 713205
    M. No: 8436330107

  4. Sir.. Please don’t leave that anisha from career Flix.com. they are big cheaters. They deleted the complaints in their website and Facebook account. CAREER FLIX IS A BIG CHEATING COMPANY. PHONE NUMBER IS 6362546578

  5. Career Flix . com a registered company… Manager is fraud anisha. She had a PDF contain all type of work from home job. Don’t fall for her . she is a cheap cheat. I paid her 6000rs for form filling job. She introduced me to freelancer by saying that i have to work there.loafer anisha

  6. Your comment is awaiting moderation
    Sir , I lost my 41625 rs … A consultancy company named – airport authority of India took the money and said they will provide me a job as a HR executive in indigo airlines in Kolkata airport . But after that I cancelled the position . And they assured me to return back the amount with in the 25 Feb . But the numbers they provided me that time is switched of … I had all the documents and the bank account details as a evidence . Please raise a complaint about that . And I am ready to submit the documents as well . My contact number is 9653472684

  7. Sir , I lost my 41625 rs … A consultancy company named – airport authority of India took the money and said they will provide me a job as a HR executive in indigo airlines in Kolkata airport . But after that I cancelled the position . And they assured me to return back the amount with in the 25 Feb . But the numbers they provided me that time is switched of … I had all the documents and the bank account details as a evidence . Please raise a complaint about that . And I am ready to submit the documents as well .

  8. Dear sir,

    I have registered with onlinetask.in to do form filling work. I have signed agreement with them and i have given them my adaar card copy too. They have promised me to pay rs. 20 per page and if i am not able to complete the work (1000 forms within 10 days) i have to pay them rs. 5200. and now they are charging 10*1900 rupees for terminate the agreement…

  9. I’m filing a complaint against pw enterprise. A lady with contact no.7229038039 called me up for home based job.work was to fill up the form online.for each form you will be getting Rs 20. I said yes. Then another person called me up and asked me for my id and asked whether you have a laptop. I said yes. And then she sent me the OTP and asked me to put in my phone. I did it as I was asked to do. Then they sent me the legal agreement made by them without explaining anything before. In which there is no sign of mine. In that they have mentioned out of 1500 forms 1350 have to be right, if not they will charge me Rs5000. Work dutation was of 15 days. They sent me login id and password for st bposervice site.when I access it I saw the form and while seeing I came to know it is fraud. Nobody wants such data. I called up customer care number for help. Nobody was receiving my call. After a long interval somebody attendee my call and was very rude. On that I decided to quit. I mailed on 10th December 2018 for quitting it. They have started threatening me for amount 7800.I’m having all the mail’s.i said I will not pay then they said you have to fill 1500 forms then. I read their complaint on st bposervice site . Where many people complained against them. And now again on completion of 15 days on 24th December 2018 they are threatening me with legal papers , messages and mail. What should I do. They are only asking for money.

  10. Dear Sir
    I would like bring to your kind notice that my net hangs when I try to get transaction for purchase of any Article from BOI A/C No. 499110110008222. Kindly help.

  11. I am faced this crime on 22 september 2018 and helpless for any action. I loss my Rs. 30,000. Company name is ‘Best Buy’. I transferred in this account, BOI A/C: 505310110008909 & IDBI A/C: 2126104000015011 his mobile number is +2348126386715 & +1(365)80006006

    thanks
    Prabhleen Singh
    Mob No. 8447684847

  12. I am krishna I lost my 2000 rupees on online site Instagram on paytym money double now account pls help me so that they can’t do fraud with others I can give u all information. I have name also of that person and acc. No. He taken in his acc. And I take photos of that all

  13. I am faced this crime on 23 April 2018 and helpless for any action. I loss my Rs. 14000. Company name is pointer Infotech pvt ltd. I transferred in a/c of Styajit betal. His a/c number is 369101501223. This is a icici bank a/c…… his mobile number is 7438913701, 7438918802.

    thanks
    Priyanka Shukla
    Mob No. 8447680321

  14. I am filing this complaint against a Pvt Ltd company running in Sector 49, Gurgaon, Haryana. They are showing the registered firm and give adds and called me to provide the part time job. But when I went there in seek of part time job they forced me to take ID No. to join in MLM and showed me a huge benefit and taken my whole money somewhere around 224000 in one week time.The lady sits there Sabah Zalim promissed me to put 4-4 IDs under my ID and I will get the recovery of my payment on very next day and told us that I will get weekly payment (20% from left ID and 20% from right ID and 20% bonus). My whole money seems to be gone. They cheated me and are ready to take away my money. This was my hard earned money and kept for my mother’s operation.They have cheated me and there is no one who can help me.
    Company Address: Travelite Services Pvt Ltd., 836, 8th Floor, Tower B3, Spaze 1 Tech Park, Sector 49, Gurgaon, Haryana

    • Sir,I was call by 7303803981 by Surbhi Rajput for job offer in kotak Mahindra bank…they took my telephonic interview .. i was passed …then filled a form by 9958301305 by Rashi Sharma …. They said this was next procedure .. they took 21000 as security fee ..by saying that it will be refundable ….. From them 9319224604 by prem sharma was saying to give me offer letter ..but nothing happened..they are not receiving my calls …… Bell is ringing .but not receiving…. Sir please help me

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