Ahmedabad police arrested a cyber-fraudster who had only recently completed his 12th grade and had targeted over 25,000 foreign nationals from approximately 40 countries.
Police said, Harshvardhan Parmar, the accused, was living a lavish lifestyle before being caught. He is the son of a daily wage labourer who lives in Narayan Nagar, and his mother works as a midwife in a municipal hospital. The youth casts ‘Dark Web’ to maintain a wealthy lifestyle and earn easy money. He used foreigners’ credit and debit cards to buy goods worth Rs 5 crore, which he then sold for cash.
Three months ago, police arrested a boy in Ahmedabad’s Isanpur neighbourhood. It was discovered that this accused defrauded nearly 25,000 people of Rs 5 crore in just 100 days.
According to the investigation team, the boy met a Pakistani native, Zia Mustafa, who taught him about credit/debit card fraud and used Russian hackers to obtain card details.
Harshvardhan used to target people from countries that did not send OTPs to customers for digital transactions.
According to the Ahmedabad Crime Branch’s Cyber Cell, the team learned that someone from Ahmedabad was bypassing traditional internet service to access the dark web.
When Harshvardhan ordered 30 refrigerators at a location near his house, the team investigating the case set up a trap to catch him. According to the report, the fraudsters defrauded thousands of foreigners while purchasing superior goods and services.
“The accused paid the Russian hacker between $10 (approximately Rs 750) and $100 (approximately Rs 7,500) depending on the amount in the cardholder’s account and the country in which the bank was located,” according to a senior officer investigating the case.