Gurugram: Haryana’s Chief Minister’s Flying Squad busted a fake call centre, which was working out of a building at Udyog Vihar’s Phase-2 and duping US citizens by sending fake loan. According to the police, two people have been arrested who were running the call centre for the past five months.
Police said that the employees of these call centres were involved in duping the US nationals on the pretext of offering them loans by showing fake cheques to the victims and or which they used to charge $100 to $500 as service charge, via e-check, debit and credit cards.
Three accused identified as Sarjeet Kumar, Kapil Dev Patel and Bhudev Lohar were arrested and 5 cell phones, 2 laptops, 1 hard disk and several other electronic gadgets were recovered from them. The amount of money the gang was making can be accessed with the fact that the gang was paying Rs 6 to 7 lakh monthly rent for the office space.
According to the police, on a tip-off, a team headed by ACP Inderjeet Yadav raided the call centre where they spotted 35 men who were calling American nationals.
“The youths were employed at the call centres, which were being operated without permission. Also, the centre did not have any license given by the Department of Telecommunications (DoT),” Yadav said.
During the interrogation, the accused disclosed that they used to communicate the US people to provide fake loans and send pop-ups and used to charge approximately $100 to $500 per client as service charge e-cheque, credit and debit cards,” he added.
“The matter is under investigation. How the accused was operating the fake call centre it’s a part of an investigation. The involvement of other people cannot be ruled out,” he said.
In connection with the matter, an FIR under relevant parts of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) including IT Act has been registered at the Cyber Crime police station for further investigation.
Such incidents have become more rampant that eight persons were arrested and two fraudulent call centres in Ahmedabad were busted who were targeting US-based citizens with scam calls.
According to police, the accused to call the victims with a scripted message that they were from legal department and a fraud has been done against their social security number for which the victim was coerced to pay somewhere between $2000 to $5000 through different modes.
The accused also used to claim that they have found drugs in the vehicle of the victim and extorted money from them claiming to be legal officers’