FIA arrests four fraudsters in over Rs 200m Internet jobs scam

RAWALPINDI: Federal Investigation Agency (FIA), Cyber Crime Circle, Rawalpindi Region has arrested four suspected fraudsters in over Rs 200 million Internet jobs scam.

A gang of fraudsters allegedly collected over Rs 200 million from people, who were offered five different online jobs packages on advert clicking website.

Such scams are a form of advance fee fraud scamming, where certain unscrupulous persons posing as running legal business offer attractive part time, full time, online job opportunities, which require the job seekers to pay them money in advance, usually under the guise of registration fee.

The scams typically involve lucrative offers of employment with money demanded to be paid to an agency or company for registration. These agents often present themselves with official-looking websites and documentation.

Deputy Director, FIA, Cyber Crime Circle, Shahzad Haider told that an online ad clicking work is totally illegal business and action in accordance with the law is being taken against those found involved in it.

Investigation Officer, FIA, Inspector Gohar Ali Shah informed that the suspected fraudster namely Amir Shahzad, the owner of Advertclicking has been arrested along with his three associates from Bakra Mandi, Kamalabad area. A case has been registered against him as he was found involved in illegal ads clicking business.

Gohar Shah further told that preliminary investigation revealed that Amir, the main accused collected over Rs 200 million during one and half year from over 6,000 members of advertclicking as people thought they were paying registration fee with investment amount to earn handsome amount through online part time jobs.

He said, hundreds of citizens are filing claims amounting to millions of rupees at FIA against a sham company being run by a group of fraudsters.

The investigation officer said, Amir is in FIA custody on four-day physical remand and further investigation into the case is underway. Earlier another fraudster identified as Atif, the owner of digitalclicking was arrested in same case from Ckakri Road area, he said.

The citizens should not invest their money in such illegal businesses. They should remain vigilant to avoid becoming fraud victims, he said.

If they are really legal and can pay you then why they are asking for money for membership. They are depriving the citizens of their money by offering big cash for little work by making people greedy, he added.

Gohar said that FIA initially received a complaint against Advertclicking. This complaint led to an investigation in the scam by FIA and asking victims of this scam to submit their claims with FIA.

He said some other companies are also operating in a similar manner to deceive the public.

Claims are being verified from the available record produced by the accused – Amir.

A victim of Advertclicking fraud namely Asif said, data entry, ads posting job and clicking fraud is especially for Pakistani users who are victims of this fake and scam work.

He said, nowadays, advertisement banners ‘with headline earn 10,000 to 45,000 month by Ads posting, form filling and adclicking are witnessed in streets and roads of the city.

The fraudsters demand money in the name of membership, training fee, registration fee or investment.

He urged the government to make strict laws to prevent such frauds.

A survey noted that over 50 offices have been established mainly in populated areas of the city and involved in illegal business amounting to over two billion rupees.

Sources in FIA further revealed that it is a large scale operation involving billions amid indications that the money has also been transferred outside Pakistan.

Source: APP