Police had received information that a call centre involved in duping US citizens was operating at IGNOU Road, Neb Sarai. Following that a team was formed and a trap was laid on the intervening night of June 30 near Balhara Hospital, IGNOU Road. “On pointing out of informer a raid was conducted and it was found that a setup of computers and accessories were installed in the premises. Several persons were receiving the calls and were engaged in communicating with the victims. They were impersonating themselves as Amazon representative,” stated the police release.
Police have also recovered nine desktop systems along with an internet router and TP-link modems from the accused’s possession.
“By using computer Apps- Team Viewer, Zoho Assist, they dupe the victim and cause the wrongful loss through gift cards redeemed on Amazon,” said police.
Cases have been registered under Sections 419/420/120B/34 of IPC.
Last month, the Pune police filed a charge sheet against a former IPS offer and a cyber expert in connection with an alleged multi-crore cryptocurrency fraud, following their arrest in March for cheating investigators by fraudulently transferring money worth crores from digital wallets to their accounts, the police had said.
Patil, who had taken voluntary retirement from the Indian Police Service, and Ghode were roped in by the Pune police to investigate two cryptocurrency cases registered in 2018 as digital currency was a technical issue.
The police had alleged that Patil, during the course of the investigation, transferred some of the cryptocurrencies in his account and Ghode provided screenshots of the accounts to police by manipulating the figures.