According to media reports, scammers posing as members of a Sikh temple in the UK sought to con individuals in India by promising them fake jobs and visas with the intention of extorting money from them.
The Kent Online stated that the Guru Nanak Darbar Gurdwara in Gravesend issued alerts on its social media accounts after becoming aware of phony adverts headlined “urgently needed in the UK” that offered free meals and travel tickets for employment openings at the Sikh temple.
The gurdwara’s general secretary, Jagdev Singh Virdee, said: “We had someone come into the gurdwara last week who is here but her father is in India and she wanted to see if he could come over.”
That’s how we first learned about the job, according to Virdee, who spoke to Kent Online. “Her father had been alerted to this ad and asked if it was a job so she came to check whether it’s genuine or not,” Virdee said.
Following this, about a dozen individuals contacted the gurdwara administration to inquire about the online advertising that instructed viewers to contact it through WhatsApp.
Some people have reportedly already exchanged passport information and personal information, according to the news article.
According to Virdee, the scammers have created a website domain and email address that are identical to those of the gurdwara.
According to Virdee, they are forging letters that seem to be employment offers from the gurdwara and telling the recipients that they would arrange a plane ticket and visa provided they pay a certain amount of money.
“Please be warned that the following flyer is being used to defraud people out of money by falsely promising to provide them a job at the Gurdwara Sahib and a UK visa. The Guru Nanak Darbar Gurdwara requested on its website that people not exchange any papers or cash with this person.
The statement said, “Though the photograph depicts the Guru Nanak Darbar Gurdwara in Gravesend, this is in no way linked with GNDG Gravesend.
According to Virdee, Kent Police and the National Home Office of Action Fraud have both received reports of the incident.
According to a Kent Police spokeswoman, on March 29 “an unidentified person had falsely claimed to represent the Guru Nanak Darbar Gurdwara in Gravesend online, in an attempt to defraud victims.”
The spokeswoman stated, “Officers have spoken with officials from the Gurdwara and are looking into the situation.
There are more than 15,000 Sikhs living in Gravesend.
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