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 India's first-ever verification portal launches campaign against matrimonial and realty scams

TotalVishwas.com, launched by EVAluationz India, is an exclusive consumer portal to mitigate personal risks

Bangalore, September 4, 2009:

Tushar Bapat, an employee of Air India was arrested by the Navghar Police for marrying 14 women in the last two and a half years. Waghmare who had registered his profile with a marriage portal mentioned that he was a divorced since 2006. “None of the women or their parents ever thought of doing a background check on him as they would be impressed with his job profile,’’ said DCP (Zone VII) R M Vhatkar. Three of the women Waghmare married were architects or engineers, police officials said, and the others were homemakers.

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Liyakat Ali, a resident of Srirangam, in Tamil Nadu, ran an elaborate online matrimonial racket spanning four major metros of India and targeting gullible families. When the long arm of the law finally caught up with him, police were surprised to find that he had cheated over 37 women living in Mumbai, Chennai and Bangalore.

In another case, early this year, tampering of land records in Pune led to developers building ambitious projects on tribal land. When the scam was unearthed, the developers had vanished and hundreds of investors were left in the lurch.

All across India, such disturbing cases are rampant and it is only now that authorities are waking up to the threat of sham marriages and land grab cases. However, with a little more care and caution, such cases can be avoided and the hard-earned money of consumers can be saved, says EVAluationz India Pvt Ltd, a leading player in the employee verifications industry.

Recognizing the market demand for accurate information and optimum screening for potential real estate and matrimonial prospects, EVAluationz India has launched TotalVishwas.com, an ambitious initiative to address consumers’ need for conducting sensitive verifications. totalVishwas.com will address the needs of consumers in all segments, particularly the matrimony and realty markets.

With more than 15 million users of matrimony services and 25 million users of realty services, the firm sees a huge potential to address a customer’s varied needs in verification. With online matrimony frauds and the risks of tenancy increasing significantly in the market place, totalVishwas.com will address the customer critical need to get verified data in India and overseas, thereby reducing personal risks and concerns.

Speaking at the portal's launch in Bangalore, Mr. Nobby Nazareth, Chairman & Managing Director of EVAluationz, said: "totalVishwas.com will help the user verify facts from the source of origin, thereby not leaving room for speculation, in the decision-making process. Our portal is geared to offer risk mitigating services to consumers who are planning to make sensitive and significant stakes in matrimonial and realty markets. Given the frauds that happen in the market place, a well-designed verification service will not only add a great deal of value but bring a sense of confidence, credibility and trust in the marketplace."

The portal currently offers 9 different services in verification and plans to add more products going forward. It plans to partner with matrimonial and realty sites in the country to offer their services to registered users and members in these portals. India has more 100 online matrimonial sites which today have a market of more than Rs 140 crore, up from Rs 58 crore in 2006.

Records indicate that prior to online matrimonial portals arriving in the Indian market; matrimonial related frauds increased from less than 1000 cases in 1993 to approx 2.82 lakh cases in 2000. totalVishwas.com is of the opinion that online mediums which are also platforms for impersonation could have taken this number significantly upwards.

The unique feature of the service will be offering the consumer the dependable and auditable ‘proof of verification’ that validates the information. For information that cannot be validated with a proof, totalVishwas.com will refund the entire charges to the user.

Speaking about future plans, Mr. Nazareth said, "Our plans now will be to additionally move into customer verification and vendor verification, thereby aiming to be the largest comprehensive verification firm in India."

About EVAluationz India Pvt. Ltd.,

Since its inception in 2006, EVAluationz India is among the leading employee verification firms in the country. Based in Bangalore, the firm has additional offices in Mumbai and Chennai and works with large organizations across the globe. An ISO 9001:2000, it is among the earliest players in the country offering complete online verification solutions to clients. It partners with SHL, the world’s leading company in personality assessments for their products in India. The organization’s aim is to be the largest comprehensive verification firm in India, addressing employee, customer and vendor verification in the institutional market and individual verification in the consumer market.

For more information, please visit the website www.evaluationz.com and www.totalvishwas.com

 One in two Indians lie about pay package

MID-DAY Mumbai, Thursday, 29th October 2009

Online verification site, detective agencies and HR companies say CV, matrimonial and education untruths are rampant

In two-and-a-half years Tushar Waghmare, a former engineer working with Air India, married 14 women.

Arrested this August under Section 420 of the IPC, Waghmare had got away with the duplicity because none of the victims bothered with a background check.

Cops investigating the case said the fact that he was an engineer deflected any sort of suspicion.

After numerous frauds, both matrimonial and corporate, Nobby Nazareth, decided to set up TotalVishwaas.com, India's first verification portal.

"Matrimony-related frauds increased from less than 1,000 cases in 1993 to approximately 2.82 lakh cases in 2000. I have been involved for more than a decade in conducting checks on educational credentials of new recruits for companies such as Accenture, Wipro and Yahoo," said Nazareth.

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The website offers services such as employment verification, pre-employment verification, designation and salary and even conducts an international job verification across the world.

Apart from that, they also provide address verification, pre-tenancy verification to confirm the authenticity of a tenant, passport verification, court record checks and educational background checks.

Lotus Detective Agency, a 22-year old city-based company with an online presence and branches in Singapore, London, California and Dubai, reveals even more alarming statistics.

In 2009 alone, their all-India statistics show that 80 per cent lied about their salary, while 60 per cent bluffed about their qualification and experience. Over 40 per cent CVs were fabricated.

"After Section 377 of the IPC was repealed, we have seen a rise in cases of parents of brides and grooms asking us to investigate whether the other partner is a homosexual or a lesbian.

Earlier, we used to get a case a month, but in the past few months, we have been getting 15 cases a month," reveals proprietor Utpal Chaudhary.

How agencies work

Once a request is placed, agencies dispatch personnel to the earlier office or university to verify details from the HR department and university records.

"We do face resistance but people relent once they know what the information is going to be used for," said Nazareth.

However, he stresses that Totalvishwas.com is not a detective agency and cannot do character or health checks.

A majority of queries are with respect to tenants from worried NRI landlords and about the educational and employment background of potential grooms and brides selected from matrimonial sites.

"We initially thought that women, in the age group of 21 to 35, would approach us for checks on potential grooms, but were surprised to find a large percentage of men wanting a check on their future brides as well.

A lot of parents also approached us for verification before deciding on a matrimonial alliance," states Nazareth.

India Inc says

Rahul Wadhwani, Managing Partner, Planman Consulting, a company that provides HR services and have their own screening agency, states that once a person is found guilty of lying about information, however minor, their employment is terminated and their names are stored in a red report to ensure they are not hired again.

Their All India Red Report for 2009 indicates that 50 per cent lied about their salary and designation, 40 per cent about tenure and place of employment and 10 per cent about educational qualifications.

"The process of verification is very slowly picking up in India as they realise the long-term benefits. At present, only 10 per cent of Indian companies opt for such checks."

Check before choosing NRI Grooms: HC

On October 18, the Bombay High Court cautioned parents to run a check on the credentials of prospective husbands, especially if they are based abroad.

They were delivering judgement on a case involving a computer engineer from Nashik and his wife who filed a case alleging mental harassment after they moved to the US.

The husband was accused of posting vulgar photographs of his wife on the internet, force her to consume beef and alcohol and wear vulgar clothes.

The wife applied for divorce seven months into the marriage.

The High Court observed, "This is an eye-opener for parents whose daughters are going to marry a person settled in a foreign country... they must take appropriate care to find out the credentials of the person."

10%
Lie about their current employment and may claim to have a job though they don't have one

30%
Lie about their designation

50%
Lie about their CTC

20%
Lie about education

Voices

If you are looking at building a career in a certain company, it will backfire for sure over the long run. Such things are only done by people in junior positions out to make a quick buck.
Junaid Khan (26), senior account executive with an ad agency

When I applied for a job at my current workplace, I hiked certain details about my earlier salary. The interview was telephonic and since we were not given salary slips at my earlier workplace, I didn't have to produce any proof. However, I would never lie about my educational qualifications or work experience as you are bound to get caught.
Geetha Nair (23), editor with a city-based language service provider