New Delhi, March 28 (IANS): Delhi police have busted a bogus international call center and arrested eight people who allegedly cheated US nationals out of Rs 35 lakhs on the pretext of providing them with tech support.
Esha Pandey, Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP), South East Delhi, said on Monday that the defendants were identified as Arjun Singh Bisht, Kapil Singh Negi, Mohammed Talha, Ankit Yadav, Santosh Srivastava, Vanengmawia, Mohammed Nadir and Aarish Baig .
“Secret information was received at Cyber Police Station that the fake international call center was operating in Okhla Vihar, Jamia Nagar… A team was formed to catch the accused.
“The team searched the location where six people were found conversing on the phone with the strangers. After seeing the group of police, they tried to escape but were overpowered by the team. alert,” the DCP said.
During questioning, the defendants told police that they had deceived several gullible people, mostly US citizens, by posing as Amazon Inc/Paypal executives.
Through technical means, the defendants managed to get their bogus tech support advertisements with their virtual toll-free numbers displayed at the top of browsed pages.
When the victims contacted them to remedy their complaint or seek technical assistance, the defendants received a fake antivirus downloaded onto their system and received payment in terms of gift cards from Amazon, Google Pay and Target.
Subsequently, the accused would redeem these gift cards in INR through Redeemer.
According to the investigation conducted so far, transactions of around Rs 35 lakhs have been verified from the computer seized from the defendants.