Firm Dupes Many With Wfh Job To ‘digitize’ British Novels | Hyderabad News

Victims were given hard copies of books which had to be converted into PDF format

HYDERABAD: A company that offered a work-from-home job to digitize British novels allegedly duped hundreds as it shut shop after paying them for a few months and without returning the 5.5 lakh taken as caution deposit.
On Wednesday, several people turned up at the Hyderabad Central Crime Station (CCS) seeking action against Diginal India Pvt Ltd and its absconding owner Amit Sharma. The company had set up its first office in Ameerpet and later opened a branch in Banjara Hills.
The victims said that they had applied for the job over a year ago after coming across an advertisement by Diginal India. They were given hard copies of books which had to be converted into PDF format and submitted it in a pen drive to Diginal India.
“The offer was 5 per scanned page with a minimum of 10,000 pages. The company also collected a caution deposit of 5.5 lakh which they said would be returned after six months. For a few months payments were made and it was from June 30 that Sharma went missing. He has not paid us for several months and the caution deposit is also with him, ”a victim said.
Even the employees were allegedly duped as they too have not got their salaries. Sharma was in touch with employees till Saturday and he was also informed that there was pressure from investors to clear arrears, cops said.
“Maximum number of agreements between Sharma and victims were entered into after May 15,” an employee told the media. Police took the complaints to register an FIR.


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