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Shutting Down Fraud SIM Factory: Uttarakhand STF Nabs Mastermind Behind 80 Lakh Fraud, 3,000 SIM Cards Recovered

STF’s Cyber Crime Unit Shuts Down Massive SIM Card Fraud Network! Historic bust in Chandni Mahal, Delhi – Rs 80 lakh fraud exposed.



Machine-to-Machine SIM Fraud Exposed: Delhi Man Arrested, 40,000 SIM Cards Recovered

DEHRADUN: In a groundbreaking operation, the Special Task Force (STF) cyber crime police team of Uttarakhand has arrested a man and seized thousands of fake SIM cards used in a Rs 80 lakh fraud. This marks the biggest historical recovery of fake SIM cards by the STF in the country.

Historic Bust

The STF cyber crime police team achieved what is being hailed as the most significant recovery of fake SIM cards in the country’s history. Their relentless efforts led to the dismantling of a gang engaged in fraudulent activities amounting to a staggering sum of Rs 80 lakh. The operation resulted in the arrest of one individual from the Chandni Mahal area in Delhi.

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Key Findings

During the operation, authorities seized thousands of SIM cards worth Rs 1 lakh 95 thousand, which were obtained under the guise of a fake company. The arrested individual, identified as Mudassir Mirza, revealed shocking details during interrogation.

Modus Operandi

According to Senior Superintendent of Police, STF, Ayush Aggarwal, the investigation stemmed from a complaint filed by a resident of Dehradun who fell victim to an elaborate online scam. The complainant was added to a WhatsApp group purportedly related to stock trading, where fraudulent activities ensued. Perpetrators posed as representatives of Indira Securities Company, enticing victims with promises of profitable stock investments.

Unraveling the Network

Further probe revealed that the mobile numbers used in the scam were acquired by Mudassir Mirza under the name of XENO TECHNOLOGY. Mirza confessed to obtaining thousands of M2M SIM cards, which he used to establish a false corporate identity. These SIM cards, purchased from leading telecom providers such as Airtel and Vodafone-Idea, were distributed among various agents to execute the fraudulent scheme.

Mirza confessed to purchasing a total of 29,000 Airtel SIM cards and 16,000 Vodafone-Idea SIM cards, which he distributed to his agents. He claimed he used these SIM cards to activate WhatsApp on multiple devices and then discarded them after the fraud was committed.

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Swift Action

The STF team, led by Deputy Superintendent of Police Ankush Mishra and Cyber Police Inspector Vikas Bhardwaj, tracked down the accused to Chandni Mahal, Delhi. The arrest of Mudassir Mirza and the recovery of thousands of SIM cards mark a significant milestone in combating cybercrime.

Senior Superintendent of Police, STF, Ayush Aggarwal, warned the public to be cautious of investment offers on social media and messaging platforms. He advised people to verify the legitimacy of companies before making any financial transactions and to report any suspicious activity to the authorities.

M2M Communication Explained

M2M communication typically occurs between machines, facilitating seamless information exchange without human involvement. Devices like POS machines, card swipers, and emerging technologies such as Internet of Things (IoT) devices rely on M2M communication.

M2M SIMs: Not Your Average Phone Card

M2M stands for Machine-to-Machine, and M2M SIM cards are different beasts compared to the ones in your phone. While your SIM enables calls and texts, M2M SIMs connect devices to cellular networks for data exchange, not human interaction. Think smart meters sending usage data, vending machines reporting stock levels, or connected cars transmitting location updates.

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These specialized SIMs offer unique features:

  • Durability: Built to withstand harsh environments and frequent use, unlike fragile phone SIMs.
  • Bulk Management: M2M SIMs can be remotely activated, deactivated, and monitored in large quantities, perfect for managing fleets of devices.
  • Data-Centric Plans: Designed for efficient data transmission, often with lower costs compared to regular phone plans.

However, the Dehradun case highlights a dark side. Fraudsters can exploit M2M SIMs for anonymity and bulk activation, making them harder to track than regular phone numbers. This emphasizes the need for stricter regulations and responsible use of these powerful tools.

Nationwide Impact: Thousands of Victims Targeted

The fraudulent activities orchestrated by the gang have nationwide implications, with victims across the country falling prey to investment schemes on platforms like Telegram, Instagram, Facebook, and WhatsApp. The STF is now conducting further investigations based on crucial information provided by the arrested accused to ensure a comprehensive crackdown on the criminal network.

In the wake of this major cybercrime bust, authorities are urging the public to exercise caution while engaging in online financial transactions and to be vigilant against fraudulent schemes circulating on various social media platforms. The arrest of Mudassir Mirza serves as a stern warning to those attempting to exploit unsuspecting individuals through sophisticated cybercrime operations.

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