Man creates fake website of Chennai Metro Rail, lands in jail

Man creates fake website of Chennai Metro Rail, lands in jail

A man from Kerala has been arrested for allegedly creating a fake website in the name of Chennai Metro Rail (CMRL).

Police said S Sreejith, a native of Tirur, allegedly created a fake website www.cmrlco.org, and duped job aspirants. A few months ago, an advertisement in the name of CMRL went viral after many shared it through social media.

The Cyber Crime Wing of the city police arrested Sreejith, an official release in Chennai said on Sunday. He “stole” design, information and photographs from the existing metro rail website to create a fake portal resembling the original one and even issued advertisements about job opportunities, it said.

The candidates were reportedly asked to give Rs 4,000 and more, to apply for the jobs. On being informed, CMRL denied publishing any advertisement for recruitment.

Subsequently, its General Manager lodged a complaint with Chennai Police. Investigation revealed that Sreejith had stolen the design, photos and contents from the original website of CMRL, www.chennaimetrorail.org and developed a fake one.

Meanwhile, as groundwork for metro rail’s Phase 2 picks up pace, the agency has begun looking for a general consultant for the mega project. Also, Chennai Metro Rail will soon start running its own autos in all stations to provide last mile connectivity.