THE Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) has unearthed a new kind of visa fraud in which a person was earning millions of rupees from people by offering them jobs in western countries for which he himself prepare forged/ bogus document i.e. job offer letters/agreements and employment VISAS etc on his computer through internet.
Lahore FIA Director Azam Joiya said the agency received a complaint from Shahid Imran, a resident of Abdali Colony Lahore, against Muhammad Azeem, resident of 131 Mehran Block Allama Iqbal Town Lahore. Shahid alleged that Azeem used to prepare forged/ bogus document i.e. job offer letters/agreements and employment VISAS etc on his computer. He alleged that Azeem obtained Rs 500,000/- from him on the pretext of Shahid’s job in Airline Canada but did not fulfil the commitment.
He said an enquiry no. 22/2009 dated 05/03/2009 was registered in Cyber Crime Circle Lahore on the complaint of Shahid Imran. He maintained that during the course of enquiry the premises was searched. Digital media i.e. one CPU, an external USB drive, printer and 20 CDs were seized. Preliminary technical interrogation and evidence proved that such forged documents were found in the use of the accused. The accused was found guilty of using internet, websites and emails to contact different persons for jobs opportunities and send them desired edited/forged documents by using different editing tools and software.
He used to search employment opportunities by different online search engines like Google etc for the purpose of trapping innocent job seekers. Further, he forged all documents, included air tickets, utility bills; employment letters, employment permits, work permit application forms of the Home Office (UK), diplomas and degrees/mark sheets etc. A case has been registered against Muhammad Azeem U/S 7/8/18/20 Prevention of Electronics Crimes Ordinance RW 36/37 Electronics Transactions Ordinance, 419/420/468/471/473/474 PPC. The investigation is entrusted to Ahmar Naeem Sandhu, inspector FIA Cyber Crime.