2 cyber frauds who conned many across country in police net

  • | Friday | 24th November, 2023

GURGAON: Two men were arrested on Tuesday for allegedly defrauding people by using fake social media accounts, police said. Investigation revealed that SIM cards used by the scammers were linked to several cyber fraud cases from across the country, and they cheated people of more than Rs 9.42 crore.The two landed in police netafter a complaint was lodged at the Cyber Crime Manesar police station on October 3, 2022 by a 24-year-old woman.The duo were allegedly posing as the complainant online to defraud her social media followers and asked them to credit money to their accounts. The complaint was eventually converted to an FIR and a case was registered against the accused under section 375 (cheating and dishonesty) of the IPC at the Cyber Crime Manesar police station on Monday.The complainant told TOI, Just a couple of days ago, I received a call from a friend who asked if I was okay and if I needed any financial help. I thought it was very random of him to say that. He told me that he had received a message from an Instagram account that has my pictures on it. The message was about how I desperately need Rs 5,000 as I was in trouble.I wrote a post on my Instagram account to alert my friend about the fake ID. I also reported the matter to the police, she added.According to police, the accused were identified as Chaman Pal (32) and Jagat Pal Yadav (28). Pal was traced to his residence in Bareilly, UP while Yadav was arrested from Alwar, Rajasthan. Two phones and two SIM cards were seized from their possession, cops added.Data from the Indian Cyber Crime Coordination Center (I4C) for the seized mobile phones and SIM cards revealed that they were linked to various cases of cybercrimes amounting to around Rs 9.42 crore nationwide.Pal was linked to fraudulent activities totaling Rs 8.35 crore, with 2534 complaints registered against him, out of which 86 are FIRs registered nationwide. Meanwhile, Yadav is linked to frauds amounting to Rs 1.07 crore, with 322 nationwide complaints, including 21 FIRs lodged against him, Siddhant Jain, DCP (south) said.The DCP added that they could not say with complete certainty whether the two accused themselves committed the other incidents of cyber fraud as of now. We also must note that most cybercriminals often change their SIM cards by circulating them within their network. We cannot assure that the arrested accused were solely contributing to the fraudulent amount. More clarity will come once the investigation is done, he said.

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