KOLKATA: The Kolkata Police nabbed an international cybercrime operator after being notified by the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
The accused employed the spoofing call technique to deceive US citizens while sitting in Kolkata.
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Sizan Ali Haidar, a resident of Gorachand Road off Beniapukur Road in central Kolkata, was detained on Thursday, according to a municipal police official. The official, however, did not reveal the time of the arrest.
According to evidence shared by the FBI, the United States’ intelligence and security service, to the cyber crime branch of the Kolkata Police, a few months ago, someone from Kolkata used a spoofing call app, TextNow, to target a 91-year-old US resident.
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Posing as a representative of a software company and claiming to sell critical software to the elderly US citizen, the fraudster defrauded him of approximately $86,000, which is approximately Rs 71,000 in Indian currency.
According to a local police official, the FBI contacted the Kolkata Police’s cyber crime branch in November of last year and shared the suspected IP addresses. The cyber crime division’s sleuths subsequently launched their own investigation, eventually tracking down the accused Sizan Ali Haidar.
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“He acknowledged his crime; he first employed sophisticated tactics to obtain information about various vulnerable US residents, and then used the spoofing call platform to contact them; further investigation is underway to track his other partners,” a municipal police officer said.
The police have been granted permission by the court to detain the accused in prison until January 13.
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