Poetry, philosophy and everything dogmatic. To revolutions, anarchy, hope and back to the drawing boards... Basically my excuse to be sardonic, sarcastic, attempting a shot at the ironic and to skewer everything diplomatic. My opinion, whats yours and where did you steal that from?
This guy is posting ads and jobs all over quikr and olx.in and bollywoodhunts.com and what not, basically every site that the struggling model/ actor is looking for work. Guess what? Its a scam and a manner to fleece you of the money you don't have.
So I get a call after three days I send in my resume and portfolio and this guy by the alias Mr. Dick Shit calls up and offers me a print modeling job in Goa with the pay of 1 Lakh. My jaw dropped and my hand hit my head. Wow. He asks me if I'm willing for job and tells me that the client will call up and confirm my flight tickets by a saturday. Mind you this is happening on last Monday.
But there is a catch.
I've to register with the "Casting Agency" by 1 pm with the payment of 10000 INR. Its still around 11.30 am as I check the watch. He further affirms the call with an sms asking for the detail of a full name, address and determines its not a fraud as they have a government registration no. and a website www.yashikafilms.in. The gall on you, sir!
My first mistake, I reply.
I speak the client by 12 pm and he confirms the job and asks me if the payment is acceptable by check. So far, not a word of what client, which firm or what product. People close to me have seen this entire conversation take place and offer me help. I call up the guy and ask if its alright to pay by online transaction with an IFS code, he declines. He even goes far as to refuse me to the details of an account no. until and unless I'm in front of an AXIS bank.
Somewhere I coerces me to the pay the full amount and I desist by quoting that its too short a notice and its impossible for me to conjure that amount, where I ask anyone they simple decline to my face. He further assists by "Buddy, pay 5000 today before 2 pm and 5000 tomorrow by 12pm".
The job sounds lucrative, the offer tempting and gullible as I am; I head towards the nearest account emptying my account of the last 5k I have and he allows me the account details
Sai Casting Agency branch
Vivekananda Road WB
IFS CODE - UTIB0001574
by sms, the moment I confirm I'm in front of the bank. I deposit the money and he's all promises and sends me a mail with the registration form graced with a large picture of Sai baba.
The registration form has the following -
Applicant’s Name ______________________________________________
Languages Known ________________________________________________
My Hobbies ________________________________________________________________
My Dreams Project ________________________________________________________________
My Aim in 1 Year ________________________________________________________________
I hereby state that the following information given above is true & best of my knowledge. I am taking this decision to appoint Sai Casting Agency as my Casting Agent with all my consent & under no pressure from anyone. I will also provide 30 % of my contract amount to Sai Casting Agency for One Year from date of joining the agency. I am giving an undertaking to Sai Casting Agency. To use my portfolio and professional shoot for commercial uses without any Vulgarity, & also for website .
Govt Regd No : 294520
Contact No : Sam Kalra : 9836417137,9892372039
Terms & Conditions-
1. Registration Fees is non-refundable.
One ID proof is required.
Date : Signature Of Applicant
Looks legit. Eh?
Now, he calls the next day for further payment. And after that whenever I call he's either busy or driving or in a shoot. One day he states that my pics will be on the website, never happens. I realize I have the next few nights to be sleepless and hectic. Friday comes and he states the client will call, never happens. Saturday comes and goes. No-one calls and by Sunday I'm pretty sure he's sitting with his buddies over rum enjoying the money I transferred talking about the great big BAKRA that is me he caught for slaughter.
Phone is always busy. Call and check. I get the feeling that if he catches hold of 10 strugglers like me in a day, that is a LAKH in his pocket. In a single day. A relative of mine points out that if I was busy working would I seeking such jobs online, so the fault lies with me. I can't even launch an FIR because the mistake lies totally in my gullibility. The police would insist on it. Unfortunately with the form I send in a scan of my passport. Now I'm worried.
Now I'm wondering what part AXIS BANK has in this fraudulent practice. Have they verified the client and done a thorough background check? I doubt.
The divinity of SAI BABA is there as well. My curses be with you sir, in the name of the gods and the guru you abuse, downfall be on you and the people support you. The gods are watching...
Any thoughts on how to get them back? Anybody with me to bring them to justice?