On Monday, 14th May 2018, Indian Railways alerted people of fake IRCTC job rackets. In a Twitter post, the Indian Railways warned against imposters who scam innocent people by giving them fake assurances of getting them Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) jobs.
Railways has warned people to refrain from falling into their scam, as anti-social elements were making false promises of providing jobs in IRCTC.
Railway stated that if they run a recruitment drive, the job listings would be available on its official website: www.irctc.com and the Railways and IRCTC would made it public through newspapers. It has also asked people to report the imposters involved to authorities. The Ministry of Railways urged people to file a complaint in this regard with the police.
The fake job rackets are a very common phenomenon in India. The scammers target unsuspecting people from various states who are desperate for government jobs. In February 2018, a fake railway job racket was busted at Sealdah in West Bengal after Crime Intelligence Branch (CIB) and Railway Protection Force (RPF) laid a trap and apprehended three people at the station. The gang collected over Rs 80 lakh from youths belonging to several states including West Bengal, Jharkhand, Bihar and Maharashtra.