Fake RRB website offering job, Railways approach Madhya Pradesh cyber cell

BHOPAL: The Railway Recruitment board (RRB) Bhopal has on Monday approached state cyber cell headquarters taking a proactive step to trace a recruitment racket who created a fake website to trick job aspirants into paying up to Rs 300 to 500 as fee for applying form a job that never was.

Officials believe many must have already fallen prey to their trap. "We don't want innocent jobless people to get into this scam. We have informed the matter to the police to get these people behind bars," says Mahesh Chandra Panth, chairman RRB Bhopal.

The tricksters have created a fake website with the url www.irrbpl.org, claiming it to be that of the Railway Recruitment Board (RRB), Bhopal. They then gave hypertext links to RRB's official website http://www.rrbbpl.nic.in/so, anybody logging on to the fake site and clicking on a link was taken to the official site, adding credibility to the fraudsters' claims.

This duplicate portal with similar layouts contains a write up that detailed the history of RRB since its establishment. The fraudsters have invited applications for 2876 posts of trackman, 4082 helpers, 1239 peons and 3617 ticket collectors on their website asking registration and payment of Rs 300 and Rs 500 from reserved and general category candidates as processing fee. And the last date of submitting application is October 10.

"They have tried their best to make their fake website appear genuine, but made a mistake. They have invited applications for the post of trackman, helpers and peons which are not RRB's job. These posts are filled up Railway Recruitment Commission (RRC), Jabalpur. The gang should be busted before unsuspecting people get duped," said the RRB chairman.

He said websites of railway zones and railway departments are designed and maintained by Centre for Railway Information System (CRIS) and most websites run on a common platform managed by NIC which is impossible for individual to misuse. Security experts say it is appalling that railway intelligence or other agencies could not detect the racket for at least three years.

The racket, apparently headquartered at Bihar, had been operating for long. In 2012 the then Minister of State for Railways K H Muniayappa had made a written submission in the Loksabha that railways were aware of fake websites issuing admit cards for recruitment tests for Group D posts. He had said admit cards for recruitment tests for Group-D posts by Railways Recruitment Board, Jabalpur were issued by such fake websites and railways had launched an awareness campaign about the existence of fake websites and public has been advised to check credentials of such websites or organisations before applying for railway jobs.

Department of Information Technology was alerted about the fake websites whenever such portals are brought to notice. But nothing so far.

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