We came across another scam hitting Pakistani shores – this time with a new way.
Scammers pose as representative of MTN of South Africa (a cellular company), and calls young professionals offering them very catchy jobs with hefty salaries. They pose as if MTN is going to start telecom services in Pakistan, and company is large scale hiring the workforce.
When you confirm via email or call, and provide them with details – they ask for Pay Order of Rs. 900/- (amount may vary from person to person) as Guarantee that you will not skip the test.
This is not un-expected as evil minded people will keep exploring new ideas to trap the innocents. Government should run awareness campaigns, for good, so that everyone is aware of such scams (and upcoming scams)
There is an important thing to note that scammers offer jobs as per location and areas of expertise of young people. For instance, if you have done ACCA and you live in Lahore, then interview email will offer you Accountant’s job based in Lahore. This shows that database of any of job portal is either compromised or website itself is involved in the scam.
Message for Everyone
- Make sure that you had applied for this job – before going for any interview
- No private company asks for fee as a guarantee for test
- Report these instances to FIA (here is a method on how to file a complaint with FIA)
- Never ever send/give money to anyone – unless you have the product in your hands
- Spread this message to your friends and family
Message for Authorities:
Authority concerned should take severe actions against the Scammers; following are some of their numbers. So you got the clue – now hunt them down, right away.
Following is sample email that you may get…!
From: “mt n” <[email protected]>
Date: Sun, 7 Feb 2010 18:42:45 +0500
Subject: Att qasim
Dear Job Applicant,
We are pleased to inform you that your CV has been short-listed in MTN TEL for the post of SENIOR ACCOUNTS EXECUTIVE based in LAHORE city. This is the preliminary step of your hiring. After your CV short listing step, you just have to appear in our entry/personality test. This is a very simple test based on questions related to your personality/ personal behavior. On passing this test, candidates are hired as a permanent employee on the day of test after final interview.
· Job timings: 9am to 5pm
· Salary Range: RS 30,000 Plus(based on final test and interview)
· Company conveyance will be provided for pick and drop all over the city.
· Fringe benefits.
For details and registration, you need to call our Human Resource Department on below mentioned numbers.
Human Resource Department
Direct Landline: 92-42-36135166 (You can retry incase you find the numbers busy)
Direct Cell Number: 03222259234
NOTE: Call Timings Mon to Sat 9am to 4pm
NOTE: If you have already received any short listing email from MTN Tel then please follow that email because the repetition error can be occurred due to computerized database.
Thanks and Regards,
Human Resource Department.
MTN TEL Limited.
MTN TEL COMPANY PROFILE
MTN TEL LTD is an upcoming big Telecom company in Pakistan. This company has various product lines. MTN TEL is an equal opportunity employer facilitating its employees with benefits like Insurance, Medical, Provident Fund and Home Allowance etc. MTN TEL is under the supervision of large South African Group. This brand will be competing with major Telecom brands in Pakistan with the support of its marketing and financial strengths.
For reference to their operations in Pakistan: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MTN_Group
(See in MTN Coverage head)
Thanks to Usman and Zohair Chohan for input on this post