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Saturday, December 11, 2010

Job Guaranteed. Bring Cash?

Check out this little scam that arrived in the "e-mail" today. You can tell it's a con job the first time you set eyes on it, giving a whole new meaning to the company's name - Videocon Electronics UNITED kINGDOM Ltd.No, I didn't type that all wrong, that's how it is in the message. Here it is for you to go through at your convenience. I don't understand why people would pay to get a job. I mean, isn't the reason for needing a job to make some money in the first place? So what makes them think I have any money to give them? And people never seem to learn. There's always some company or the other hiring people for a hefty sum of cash, often in excess of one lakh rupees, turning out to be a fly-by-night operation and making off with some easy pickings. Check out this gullible bunch of people. It's sad, but I can't believe that it happens, and still continues to happen. Malayalees may claim to be as damn near 100% literate as possible, so in some sick way it's ironic that the chasm between literacy, the ability to gain and disseminate additional bits of knowledge to one's heart's content, and common sense, the ability to survive based on learning from one's own or someone else's misfortunes, is best described using them as a model. How else do you explain the desperate hope that in spite all that you have heard about, and all that others before have had to endure as a result of their "bad luck", you are still willing to put your money in the exact same kind of place, hoping for a different outcome. That kind of thinking is beyond me. Umm...not really, if the dregs of what one, in this case "I", can Oh well. That's the way the pappadom crumbles, I guess. ;) No offense to my Malayalee brethren who I do so dearly cherish. West SIIIDE!!!


Dear Applicant,

Ref: “VIDEOCON” Direct Recruitments offer.

It is our good pleasure to inform you that your Resume has been selected for our new plant. The Company selected 62 candidates list for IT, Administration and Production Departments, as well as Company offered you to join as an Executive/Manager post in respective department. You are selected according to your resume in which Project you have worked on according to that you have been selected in Company. The Company is dealing in Electronics manufacturing business in India The Company is recruiting the candidates for new plants in Delhi, Bangalore and Pune.Your interview will held at Company Corporate office on – 23RD December 2010 at 11.30 You will be pleased to know that Company has advise you in the selection panel that your Application can be progress to final stage. You will come to Company corporate office in Delhi.

Your offer letter with Air Ticket will be send to you by courier before date of interview. The Company can be offer you as salary with benefits for this post 30, 000/- to 2, 00, 000/- P.M. + (HRA + D.A + Conveyance and other Company benefits. The designation and Job Location will be fix by Company HRD. At time of final process. You have to come with photo-copies of all required documents.

1) Photo-copies of Qualification Documents.
2) Photo-copies of Experience Certificates (If any)
3) Photo-copies of Address Proof
4) Two Passport Size Photograph

You have to deposit the (Cash) as an initial amount in favor of Company HRD. Department. for Rs. 6,500/- through any [STATE BANK OF INDIA]Branch from your Home City to Company Senior HRD

(Contact via email for complete details)

This is refundable interview security. Your offer letter with Air tickets will be send to your Home Address by courier after receiving the confirmation of interview security deposited in STATA BANK OF INDIA. Company will pay all the expenditure to you at the time of face-to-face meeting with you in Company. The Job profile, salary offer, and date -time of interview will be mention in your offer letter. Your offer letter will dispatch very shortly after receiving your confirmation of cash deposited in STATE BANK OF INDIA. We wish you the best of luck for the subsequent and remaining stage.

The last date of security deposited in bank - 17/12/2010 You have to give the information after deposited the security money in bank to Company HRD – direct recruitment email  Your Letter with supporting documents will be dispatch same time by courier to your postal address after recd. Your security deposited confirmation in bank. The interview process and arrangement expenditure will be pay by Company. Lodging, traveling and local conveyance actual will be paid by Company as per bills. The candidate has to deposit the initial refundable security as mentioned by HRD.

If the candidate wants to come with his parents or friends, the Company will arrange all facilities only for female candidate.

MRS SUMAN KHAN - (Executive - HRD)
Videocon Electronics UNITED kINGDOM Ltd.

What did you think? Isn't that just lovely? Hahaha! The first time around, I was a little shocked. I guess I believed that my inbox had become more and more impermeable over time, thanks to all the spam filtering technology out there. However, I guess "impermeable" is itself impermanent because it only lasts until something stronger and harder takes a crack at the defenses. Still, you have to love them for trying so hard. I mean, it must be pretty hard to put together a letter like this in the first place, not only because you're lying to people, but also because in your haste you forgot to pay attention to the many errors in it. Whether they were trying to "con" me or do some sort of "recut" as the email address says -- whatever the hell that may be -- I just hope this goes to show that just like skinning the cat, there's more than one way to make a quick buck. :)
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