Beware of this Job Scam Carried Out in the name of IndiGo Airlines…

Consumer Misinformation Consumer Safety Fact Check False

Be vigilant of fraudsters offering ticket checking jobs at IndiGo Airlines via email and SMS.  

The major issue facing the youth of our country today is unemployment. Although India’s literacy rate has improved significantly over the years, the level of unemployment remains high. Taking advantage of this situation, fake job rackets are actively extorting job seekers in many parts of the country. With the rise of social media, these rackets are finding their victims through this platform as well. Recently, many social media users have been receiving fraudulent messages and emails inviting them to apply for jobs at IndiGo Airlines. We received a message from one such social media user, asking us to verify the authenticity of a message he received from an unknown person. Let’s see what the message says:

The SMS received says as follows:

“Dear Candidate,

You have been selected in Indigo Airlines Company, there is work for ground staff.

Your Job profile is that of   *Air Ticket checking * salary package is 38,000k per month in hand salary 35,000

There will be permanent job, there is no contract basis.

6 Hours shift and 5 day’s working.

Training date  5/06/2024

Joining  Date 15/06/24

Timing of training 10 AM to 2 PM

Timing of Joining 10 AM to 4 PM.

After 2 Month salary Increaseing 

All accommodation – Fooding, Cab, And living will give you company

Location  -Kochi international  Airport ,Channai international Airport

After 3 days you will get courier with training, joining letter and Id card.

Note: (Employee have to submit 1800/- one time refundable amount for uniform/I’d /gate pass/cab pass)”

You can get a job at IndiGo Airlines as Air Ticket Checking staff with an in-hand salary of Rs 35,000/-, which includes a net pay of Rs 38,000. The candidate will be placed at the Kochi headquarters and will need to pay Rs 1,800 in advance for the cost of the uniform and ID card.

archived link

Similar messages are also found circulating on Facebook.

FB postarchived link

However, these job offers are being sent by fraudsters to scam job seekers. Upon investigation, we found that Indigo Company does not offer any such job opportunities through SMS or email.

Fact Findings

When we started searching for job opportunities at IndiGo Airlines, we found that the company’s name is being misused by many job scammers sending fake offers through email and SMS. The Indigo Airlines has issued warning messages on their official website asking people to be vigil and alert against this scam.

archived link

Following this, we reached out to Indigo Airlines for more information. Annu Sharma, Head, Indigo Customer Expert Division, responded as follows: “Based on your email, it appears that certain people are fraudulently trying to collect money from you on the basis of a fake job offer. 

We regret that this happened and are deeply concerned about it. In order to assist you in this matter, we guide you to not make payments to anyone for getting a job with IndiGo. 

We request all job applicants to submit their applications exclusively through our official website www.goindigo.in

Applications received through any other channel will not be considered for our hiring process. 

To visit the ‘Careers’ or ‘jobs’ section please click here. You can find detailed job listings and an online application form that you can complete and submit.  

This process is essential to maintaining fairness, accuracy, and consistency in our recruitment process. “

Based on the search results, we reached to Kerala Police Cyber Cell for more info on job scams. An officer in the Cyber Cell told Fact Crescendo that, “Many educated people who use social media are now able to recognize fake job opportunities when such messages come across.’ However, there is a significant increase in the number of people who fall for such scams. The number of fraud victims is not decreasing, even when cyber security agencies issue so many warnings to job seekers.

Digital technology is being effectively misused by the fraudsters to trick their victims. To accomplish this, they misuse the names of notable companies and brands. It’s important to be cautious when responding to job opportunities sent out by brands and companies via SMS and mails.”

Many job scams target victims using the name of leading brands and government departments. Job scammers may offer you job opportunities from institutions such as the Indian Army, Railways, and Road Development Departments besides IT companies like Wipro, Infosys, Tech Mahindra, and TCS.

The person who receives the message must be aware of such scams to identify them in the first place. The principle aim of the scammers is to obtain money or personal information. Every job seeker should be aware that major brands will advertise jobs through their official websites. Major companies and government agencies advertise job openings in the mainstream media too. This advertisement will display the company’s address, contact number, and official website information. Please keep in mind that big brands and government agencies do not offer jobs to candidates via SMS or direct email. They strictly maintain some criteria like exams and interviews to make accurate determinations when selecting candidates. Moreover these trusted brands and government agencies will not ask money for any recruitment process.

If you are contacted by an unknown agent about a job opportunity, request him an email that includes the company’s logo, contact information, and official website related information. If it’s feasible, report the fraud messages received by you, to the platform where the scammers claim to be associated with.

Citizens are protected and cyber fraudsters are prevented by the Information Technology Act, 2000 (IT Act) (archived link) and the Indian Penal Code 1860 (archived link). Reporting fraudsters to the police is a necessary action if you suspect that they have taken money or personal information. The cyber cell is available to receive complaints from victims of fraud. To file a complaint about cyber fraud, you can use the National Cyber Crime Reporting Portal.

Conclusion

Direct messages and emails offering jobs at IndiGo Airlines are not trustworthy opportunities but scams. IndiGo Airlines does not advertise job openings through SMS, and no one has been authorized by the company to do so. Be cautious and avoid falling for these scam messages. If you have been a victim of fraud, seek assistance from the police as soon as possible.

Avatar

Title:Beware of this Job Scam Carried Out in the name of IndiGo Airlines…

Written By: Deepa M 

Result: False

Leave a Reply