New Delhi, 9 March 2022 – The Ministry of Education (MoE) of the Government of India has issued an advisory for all government job aspirants, warning them against several fake websites that have been created with the same names as education-related government schemes. These websites have copied other government websites in layout and appearance, and are using these to lure aspirants into financial frauds. The websites are asking aspirants for money in return for government jobs and duping a large number of candidates in the process.
The official statement released by the Ministry of Education on 7 March reads, “It has come to the notice of the Ministry of Education that in order to dupe innocent applicants several websites have been created …. These websites are offering employment opportunities to the aspiring candidates and misguiding the job aspirants through the layout of [the] website, content and presentation in a manner similar to [the] original website and asking for money from the respondents for the applications.”
The statement further notes, “While these websites have come to the notice of the Department of School Education and Literacy, there may be more such other websites/social media accounts promising jobs and demanding money for [the] recruitment process.”
Note: These fake websites include the ones based on the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan and Samagra Shiksha Abhiyan. Some of them are www.sarvashiksha.online, https://samagra.shikshaabhiyan.co.in, and https://shikshaabhiyan.org.in.
Visit At Your Own Risk: Warns Ministry
The ministry has advised the aspirants that they should avoid visiting these sites and applying for job opportunities through such websites. Not only can these websites dupe aspirants for money but these can also misuse the personal information that the candidates provide for criminal activities.
To ensure that the websites the general public is visiting are safe and authorised, it is advised to visit the official website of the concerned department or to carry out a personal inquiry at the department office. Candidates can also reach the concerned departments on their official telephone numbers and emails to check the authenticity of the website they are visiting.
The ministry has further warned, “Any person applying on these websites will be doing so at his own risk & cost and shall be responsible for the consequences thereof.”