Conned US citizens, sham call centre busted, 16 arrested

  • | Tuesday | 21st November, 2023

NOIDA: Sixteen people, including five women, were arrested by UP special task force and Noida police on Saturday for allegedly cheating US citizens from a call centre in Sector 3, police said on Monday. The main accused, Nitin Srivastava, is still at large. The suspects stole details like social security numbers of the US citizens to cheat them, said police. The call centre came under the lens after a US citizen filed a complaint, saying his money from a Bank of America account was transferred to an HSBC account in Hong Kong with links to Noida. A police investigation revealed the transfer was linked to the Sector 3 call centre. Police said the suspects bought personal information of US citizens — name, address, phone number, and social security number — from the dark web. They would then trace the targets service providers, using a site. Next, the suspects would call their targets, pretending to be representatives of their service provider and obtain their PINs. They later called the service provider and booked a new phone using the targets details. An agent in the US received the new phones that came with a SIM card and subsequently sold them.With the details, the suspects transferred money from their targets bank accounts into their accounts.While Nitin is absconding, police nabbed the second-in-command, Divya Sharma, a DU history graduate. She told the police she met Nitin through her father; they worked in the same business. Nitin earlier ran another call centre, she claimed.Cops raided the call centre and seized a car, 18 phones, 26 computer sets (monitors, CPUs, keyboards, and headphones), 17 original and fake US driving licences, 27 phone order data sheets of US citizens, 10 pages of calling data, and 20 credit cards. The suspects have been booked under IPC sections 419 (cheating by personation), 420 (cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property), 467 (forgery), 468 (forgery for purpose of cheating), 120B (criminal conspiracy), and 34 (common intention), and Section 66D (cheating by personation by using computer resource) of the IT Act, 2000. We also published the following articles recentlyThis call centre in a Noida condo cheated US citizens, 24 nabbedA joint team of the special task force and Noida police arrested 24 youths running a call centre that cheated US citizens by offering to renew their policies or provide technical assistance. The gang would procure phone numbers and insurance records from the dark web and make random calls. They would ask the targets to make payments in dollars, which they would convert into Bitcoins before disappearing. The police seized multiple assets and filed a case against the gang.Brass vessel stolen from her toilet, woman calls Bengaluru policeA woman in Bengaluru called the police to report a theft in her house, specifically a brass vessel from her toilet. However, the vessel was returned by a boy from her neighborhood upon hearing the police siren. The police found the situation amusing but still followed protocol by speaking to the boy and his family. The woman ultimately decided not to file a complaint as she was happy to have her brass vessel back. The theft was a result of an argument between the womans son and the boy who took the vessel.Gunbattle between Kerala police and suspected maoists: Coimbatore rural police tighten vigilThe Tamil Nadu police have increased security at the border check posts after being informed by their Kerala counterparts that two suspected maoists, injured in a gunbattle, may have entered Tamil Nadu for treatment. Hospitals and clinics in the border areas have been instructed to report any patients seeking treatment for bullet injuries. The police have also been checking lodges and buses for any suspects. The authorities are on high alert to apprehend the suspects if they enter Tamil Nadu.

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