Hyderabad: Eight people belonging to two gangs were arrested on Thursday in Hyderabad on the charge of running a fake job racket. According to police reports, the fraudsters were cheating around 150 unemployed youth by promising employment in central and state government departments.

Acting on information, police arrested the eight miscreants and found they had participated in cheating job-seekers after taking an advance of between Rs one lakh and Rs 10 lakh from each candidate.

The gang members had issued fake appointment orders and training letters to the youth. The police Rs 24 lakh from them.

The modus operandi of the gang members were to tell unemployed youth through their friends and relatives about jobs in various departments including railways, revenue, education and Telangana electricity transmission company among others and demanded between Rs 10 lakh and Rs 25 lakh from candidates to secure positions in them.

After obtaining an advance from the candidates, they sent fake emails and call-letters asking them to report at their respective departments.

The release further said after issuing fake appointment letters of railways, the gang members conducted training classes in West Bengal and Odisha for the "selected" candidates.

According to reports, some were even paid a month's salary.

So far, 10 cases have been registered in different police stations in the city against the gang members.