The conmen, with different designations, showed extreme professionalism during the entire process. Everything was through mails, telephone calls and bank transactions. To lure her, they even promised to send her to Paris for a month before assigning the job.
Deepa B M (24), had, for long, nurtured a dream of working abroad.
And so she placed her resume on a job portal. On Jan 23, she received a mail from a Dr David Cameron, who claimed to be the recruitment officer at the US committee for the United Nations (UN), through which she was offered the job of a health officer with the UN.
She was told she would be placed in Qatar. Two days later, she responded by filling up the employment and interview forms.
The next day, she received the offer letter and contract agreement, with a letter asking her to send a scanned copy of the passport and a photo.
She was told to contact Dr Blessing Libi, a training manager, at James Water Price Consulting, for a month-long training and job-related orientation course at Paris. She was naturally ecstatic.
Naturally she did not mind sending $660 towards "registration fee" as directed by Libi in January last. And then another $1700 a month later. She was told the money would be refunded.
She had begun to interact with such varied characters as Dr Christy Owen, who claimed to be the chief administrative officer of the US Committee for UN, New York; Elliot Robinson, "the head of the audit department, US Department of States, Washington" and Dr Albert Arkansas, "assistant secretary, department of home land security, US department of States."
Naturally she didn't mind dipping into her till time and again. Towards accommodation flight tickets, visa processing, the demands seemed endless. Still she remained cheerful.
In March though things began to unravel. She was told the training date had been postponed to the first week of April. When she called after 16 days, she was told to be patient.
Deepa grew suspicious when she was again asked to send another $2,560. It was now she began to wonder whether she was being conned. She had been. Her dreams shattered, all she could do next was to approach the cyber crime police in Bangalore.