HR professionals say many information technology companies have been at the receiving end of such fraudsters for years.
A head hunter recalls a Hyderabad-based multinational IT company facing agitated job seekers with signed offer letters that were never issued by it.
"It is only in the last two-three years that manufacturing companies such as those from the automobile and pharma sectors have become the target of such job frauds," says Sunil Goel, chief executive, Global Hunt India.
Head hunters says in most cases, companies react only after complaints by victims.
They need to take the initiative in spreading information to seekers about selection procedures.
Else, unsuspecting ones such as Koushik Kumar would continue to fall prey.
Image: Young workers at an outsourcing company in Bangalore.