By: M.S.Yatnatti: Editor and Video Journalist Bengaluru: Reportedly Cashing in on the spreading fear about recent layoffs, especially in the IT sector, racketeers are cheating people of lakhs of rupees after offering them fake job offer letters, purportedly from big firms like IBM and Wipro, among others.According to reports six cases of job fraud were registered with Bengaluru cyber crime police station in June alone, taking the total number of such cases to 25 since March 25. Scamsters are estimated to have siphoned off nearly Rs 2 crore.The biggest fraud involved a Bengaluru youth falling prey to a fake placement offer at US auto major Tesla and shelling out Rs 24 lakh. Besides, 50 more complaints of job fraud involving loss of smaller amounts too were registered. Police investigation revealed that the fraudsters pick targets mainly from job portals and lure them with lucrative but fake job offers from behemoths from IT, aviation, automobile, hospitality and other sectors."The culprits register as employers or consultants in various job portals and fish out resumes of job seekers containing email IDs and cellphone numbers. They then pose as HR executives from big companies and even overseas recruiters and approach the victims via phone or email, offering them good positions in their firms,and theu use fake mailers.In another case registered, the complainant received an email claiming to be from Wipro and offering him a position in Bengaluru. Taking it for real and as a backdoor entry to the dream job without interviews or aptitude tests, the victim transferred the money the fraudster demanded. He realised he had been conned only after reaching the Wipro office to report to work. "The complainant argued that the emails were indeed sent from Wipro and realised the truth only after IO demonstrated some fake mailer options online used by crooks. Top companies like IBM said they never ask candidates to deposit any money in lieu of job offers. "We don't authorize external parties or individuals to conduct job drives or extend offer letters on our behalf. No letter of appointment is sent via email but can only be accessed through the IBM Candidate Portal by individuals using a unique ID and password," said VP Human Resources, IBM India.Wipro also pointed out that under no circumstances are job aspirants required to pay cash or any security deposit for placement at their firm and if anyone approaches the candidates for money for Wipro jobs, the matter should be taken to police. Instead of falsification of resumes the employees who are affected with laying off or who are removed or sacked aresuggested to newacquire skills in demand or get new online training and online learning in moocs and get new certifications or treat themselves as bench employees without salary and work from home for few companies or work for open source projects and get real certifications .Given the present scenario of 1% growth in job creation and increased concerns of a lull in hiring, experts says falsification of resumes may only increase. "General Motors' decision to stop selling cars in India, Tata Motors firing nearly 1,500 people, Cognizant laying off more than 6000 people and the IT sector freezing recruitment and sacking employees and the pace of job creation will all see falsification of resumes increase in the coming months,". Reportedly "There's a full-fledged business in Hyderabad and Bengaluru. They charge Rs 15,000 to Rs 30,000 to give false experience letters and a premium to even verify on phone or email.IT companies need to recruit the recruiters and partner with Job positions for data scientists, software architects, data engineers, UI (user interface) and UX (user experience) are the most difficult to fill for companies. The number of active candidates present for these roles is less than half the demand. These niche positions are popular across industries, but the majority of the demand comes from the IT sector, according to few recruitment firms surveys .small and effective search firms / recruiting or staffing agencies / recruiting vendors if they want to be super successful.A study by IT expert in recruitment process outsourcingshows that the recruitment industry is going through a crunch of 200 professionals every day. IT companies need to Build the militia for the warfare. Simultaneously, build the army," is the advice of , Lead, HR and Recruiting, experts inIndia, for young HR managers. The `War for Talent is a reality ,and it need tohandle the problem of the growing lacuna in HR talent, particularly recruiters, in the country. It's clear India does not have enough HR horsepower to handle the needs of the IT/ITES (IT-enabled services) industry. These sectors in the country, expected to employ about two million people by 2017, i.e, double the number of people they employ today, will predictably suffer from a severe shortage of competent HR talent soon.According to industry estimates, in the people's business, for every 50-75 person recruited, one HR job gets created. This roughly translates into a demand for 40,000 people skilled in the HR area for the tech sector alone in the next three years.This excludes the needs of other booming sectors such as retail, telecom, textiles and the recruitment industry itself, which needs as many people.