On the pretext of being given lucrative jobs in Brunei, nearly 20 nurses have alleged that they were duped of lakhs of rupees, police said.
They said the nurses were charged Rs 2.5 lakh each for the promised jobs in Brunei.
The Crime Branch has launched a probe in the matter. In August last year, a nurse, working at a reputed hospital in Gurgaon, met three men who claimed that they work as placement agents.
She later on took three of her co-workers to meet the three men at a Green Park guest house. The nurses were asked to pay Rs 2.5 lakh each for the formalities.
The accused took Rs 10 lakh in total from them and then got their medical tests done. They were asked to pay Rs 5,000 each for the tests, police said.
In October, they brought 18 more nurses to meet the accused and they were also made to undergo the same formalities, police said.
Four of the nurses were sent to Brunei from the Cochin Airport. However, when they reached at the airport in Brunei, they found that there was no one to receive them, they added.
When they reached the hospital, they were told that there were no vacancies there.
The nurses tried to contact the placement agents but their phones were switched off, police said.
Somehow, the nurses returned to India and made efforts to contact the accused but they remained incommunicado.
Following this, they filed a complaint with the Crime Branch.
Police have begun investigating the matter and it is suspected that more nurses might have been duped in a similar manner, police said.