Fake Delhi call centre busted, 26 held for duping 1,250 US citizens

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New Delhi, July 13 | A group of 26 employees, including five women, have been arrested here for duping over 1,250 US citizens through a fake call centre by impersonating as Amazon customer service providers, police said on Tuesday.

On an average, the accused used to cheat over six US citizens per day. Thus, approximately over 1,250 US citizens have been cheated so far, the Delhi Police said.

The call centre had been running for the last seven months and as per an estimate, police said, total cheating so far has been approximately more than Rs 4 crore ($5,25,000 USD).

The people at the call centre were pretending to be employed by Amazon and used illegal techniques like VOIP calling, thereby bypassing the legal international long-distance gateways.

The accused were extorting Amazon customers based in the US by claiming their amazon ID had been hacked.

The call centre was being run in outer Delhi’s Sultanpur area. The employees were caught red-handed while trying to dupe people on calls.

Special Staff South district police apprehended the 26 employees and seized 29 computers, two Internet switches and two modems and other accessories.

Police carried out searches based on a tip-off, and surveillance was mounted around the premises.

A team led by Inspector Atul Tyagi raided the premises and found an office set-up in place.

On being asked about any license and authority to run the call centre, no documents could be produced, the police said.

“Mobile phones were recovered from the possession of the accused persons, which contained various US mobile numbers in a WhatsApp group.”

When the customer would call back to know more about it, the accused would show them fake repair of their amazon ID through AnyDesk app.

The target would be made to pay up in the form of Target gift cards, which the accused would redeem.

“Further investigation is being carried out to unearth the whole gang of cheaters,” police said.

Source: IANS

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Does MBA really help in getting a better job offer ?

Does MBA really help in getting a better job offer ?

Most students pursuing an MBA come with the sole objective of having a decent job offer or a promotion in the existing job soon after completion of the MBA. And most of them take loans to pursue this career dream. According to a recent survey by education portal Campusutra.com  74% MBA 2022-24 aspirants said they would opt for education loans.

There are exceptional cases like those seeking master’s degree or may have a family business to take care of or an entrepreneurial venture in mind. But the exception cases are barely 1%. For the rest 99%, a management degree is a ticket to a dream job through campus placements or leap towards career enhancements. Stakes are high as many of them quit their jobs which essentially means loss of 2 years of income, apprehension and uncertainty of the job market. On top of that, the pressure to pay back the education loans. Hence the returns have to be high. There is more than just the management degree. Colleges need to ensure that they offer quality management education which enables them to be prepared for not just the demands of recruiters and for a decent job but also to sustain and achieve, all along their career path.

  • So, what exactly are the B Schools doing to prepare their students for the job market and make them industry ready ?
  •  Are B schools ready to deliver and prepare the future business leaders to cope up with the disrupted market ?  

These are the two key questions every MBA aspirant needs to ask, check and validate before filling the MBA application forms of management institutes. And worth mentioning that these application forms do not come cheap. An MBA aspirant who may have shortlisted 5 B Schools to apply for, may end up spending Rs 10,000.00 to Rs 15,000.00 just buying MBA / PGDM application forms.

While internship and placements data of some management institutes clearly indicates that recruiters today have specific demands. The skill sets looked for are job centric and industry oriented. MBA schools which have adopted new models of delivery and technology, redesigned their courses, built an effective evaluation process and prepared the students to cope with the dynamic business scenario, have done great with campus placements despite the economic slow down.

However, the skill set being looked for by a consulting company like Deloitte or KPMG may be quite different from FMCG or a manufacturing sector. Institutes need to acknowledge this fact and act accordingly.

  • Management institutes should ensure that students are intellectually engaged, self motivated and adapt to changes fast. In one word ‘VUCA ready’.
  • B Schools should encourage students to participate in national and international competitive events, simulations of business scenarios.
  • Institutes should have the right mix of faculty members with industry exposure and pure academics.

The placement records of 2021 across top management institutes indicated the fact that recruitment is happening, skilled talent is in demand and certain management institutions continued to attract recruiters even in the middle of an ongoing crisis.

It is time, all management institutes rise to the occasion, understand market realities and identify areas of improvement at both ends – students and faculty.

After all, the stakes are high at both ends. B Schools taking corrective measures will stay while those which are lagging will end up shutting down.

Author Name : Nirmalya Pal

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