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7 Bengal-based criminals arrested for operating illegal call centre and duping Mumbai man and kin

The seven accused of modus operandi, who were residents from Siliguri, allegedly obtained the card and bank information of a man, who lives in Mumbai's Churchgate area, as well as the account details of his daughter residing in the USA and then carried out online transactions to the tune of Rs 1.48 crore, news agency sources quoted an official as saying.

By: Ruchi Upadhyay  Pardaphash Group
Updated:
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7 Bengal-based criminals arrested for operating illegal call centre and duping Mumbai man and kin

Kolkata: West Bengal has witnessed a new wave of cyber crime and Mumbai police have intensified action against a gang involved in fraudulent activities and busted for operating illegal call centers and duping a Mumbai resident of Rs 1.46 crore, a police official said on Friday. Seven people have been arrested from Siliguri that would call people claiming to be from the ‘action fraud team’ of their bank and dupe them.

The seven accused of modus operandi, who were residents from Siliguri, allegedly obtained the card and bank information of a man, who lives in Mumbai’s Churchgate area, as well as the account details of his daughter residing in the USA and then carried out online transactions to the tune of Rs 1.48 crore, news agency sources quoted an official as saying.

The bank accounts of the Mumbai resident’s mother and sister were also used for transactions, the cyber detection officers said.

According to the cyber unit of the Mumbai Police, which initiated a probe based on a complaint raised by the victim’s family, the man received a call that said his account details and credentials were compromised. He was further told that if he wished to secure his account, then he must follow the steps he was told.

“Upon sharing details of his account and credit card, cash was withdrawn and the accused even did multiple transactions,” Datta Nalawade, DCP (detection), Crime Branch said.

Further investigation into the matter revealed that the accused were running a hike messenger group in Kolkata.

The accused were arrested when they were watching a movie at a cinema hall in Siliguri.

“The accused youngsters, trained well to speak in foreign accents, would claim to call from overseas to appear more authentic. The accused would claim to be from the company and ask for credit card details to be shared. Seven people were arrested when they were watching a movie at a cinema hall in Siliguri. They ran a call centre in Kolkata and mostly targeted foreigners. There are many victims and multiple people have been cheated by them,” Nalawade added.

27 mobile phones, five watches, a MacBook, an iPad and Rs 50 lakh cash were also confiscated from their possession.

The accused were booked for cheating and other offences under IPC and Information Technology Act provisions and have been brought to Mumbai on transit remand for further probe.

In response to these incidents, local police stations have registered FIRs, and apprehend the culprits. The arrested accused were identified as Rayan Shahdas (22), Arunbha Haldar (22), Ritam Mandal (23), Tamojeet Sarkar (22), Rajeeb Sheikh (24), Sujoy Naskar (23) and Rohit Baidya (23).

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