One fine day, when the writer of this article was desperately looking for a job through various job portals, suddenly got an email for a job opportunity in L & T though he got a similar email during 2015 also but ignored at that time. Going through the email, everything looked very professional and seemed like a direct email from L & T, even the high salaries were not the concern due to the company‘s reputation. Then finally got the loophole, I was looking for. “You have to credited a refundable interview processing and maintenance & courier & accommodation & assurance charges Rs. Eight Thousand Two hundred fifty rupees (8,250/-) by down payment (Cash) only on 13-12-2016 before 02:00 PM in to The Authorized Government Nationalized Bank and in the name of account manager on behalf of L&T. To collect the bank account details just contact your Recruiting Manager- Dr. Hemant Shah.”
(Screenshot of the fake interview letter)
After reading, first I checked their email and shocked for a while as it looked exactly same to the Larsen and Toubro email Infodesk@larsentoubro.com but there is a catch, the replay to email is different Inform@larsentoubro.co.
(Screenshot of email)
So I checked whether the company is charging money for attending their interview and as expected company denies for it and released an official statement. You can check here and here is the screenshot of their statement.
(Screenshot of company's statement)
“It has been brought to our attention that certain unscrupulous elements are sending out false emails purporting to be from Larsen & Toubro Limited (“L&T”). The emails ask the recipient to appear for a face-to-face interview for a job opening with L&T and to deposit a certain amount as a refundable interview security in a designated bank account. The emails are falsely stated to be from officials of the HR Department of L&T.
L&T has not sent out any such emails. Please note that L&T, as a policy, does not collect any money as a pre-employment requirement. L&T and its affiliate companies bear no responsibility for amounts being deposited / withdrawn therefrom in response to such emails.
These communications may carry the ID or domain name of L&T (or a deceptively similar name) to make it look authentic. L&T is taking appropriate steps to tackle the issue.
As a vigilant jobseeker, please look out for the following pointers to identify the fraudulent emails:
Ø L&T does not ask for any money from the candidate at any stage of the recruitment process
Ø A fraudulent email may mention the bank account number of an individual or the account details would be given upon calling up on the number mentioned in the fraudulent mail. In any case the bank account would not be in the name of “Larsen & Toubro Ltd.”
Ø L&T letters will address job applicants with proper salutations including the last name (not with generic greetings)
Ø Please check if you receive calls from the L&T registered numbers or from a private number
We advise candidates not to respond to any fraudulent emails and not to make any payments.
In case of any doubt please contact L&T’s Toll Free No. 1800 2094545”
It’s not easy to find such tiny mistake due to the professionalism maintained in that email as their invitation almost looked like an actual interview call from the company.