Thiruvananthapuram: Cheating of people by offering work visas abroad is continuing unabated. In the latest incident, a couple residing at CRP Nagar in Sreekaryam was cheated of Rs 15 lakh by offering a UK work visa.
The couple contacted the accused, N P Nishanth, after seeing an advertisement in Facebook about the job vacancy of a ‘caretaker assistant’ at a UK firm.The accused promised them the job in four months, following verification of certificates and other documents.
As much as Rs 1 lakh was demanded as advance for processing the application which was transferred into the account of the accused at the start of this year. A month later Rs 2 lakh was given as ‘certificate of sponsorship’ fees and later Rs 3 lakh as ‘visa facilitation service’ charge.
The couple also alleged the accused was running an office in Thrissur, and they visited it to verify things prior to making the payment.
“Finally, Rs 9 lakh was given in April to the accused after a fake visa was given. In fact, it was not a visa but a forged document as we were not allowed to fly to the UK using it. We had resigned our job here to secure the dream job in the UK on a Rs 3 lakh monthly salary. We ended up losing our hard-earned job and landed in debt too. We are hopeless now and a case has been registered to get at least our money back,” said the victim in the complaint.
Sreekaryam police have begun a probe after registering a case under IPC Section 420 for cheating.

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