Fake call centre racket busted after CBI conducts search at 4 sites, Rs 3 crore recovered

A fake call centre was busted after the Central Bureau of Investigation conducted searches at four places in Delhi NCR in an ongoing cyber-crime cases. The agency revealed they had recovered foreign currencies and around Rs. 3,09,64,100, 15 mobile phones, 7 laptops containing remote-access application, TextNow app and fake international calling numbers.

The officials also found incriminating documents pertaining to US nationals, crypto investments, chats containing details of the fraud and scripts for talking to US citizens. The accused in the case has been identified as Harish Kumar, Amit Kumar, Rakesh Kumar Athotra, Raj Kumari and a few others whose names are not made public.

During the search, CBI found a fake tech support call centre where the accused/other persons were allegedly involved in online cheating of US citizens while impersonating as the tech support executives.

As per the statement given by CBI, these accused would allegedly call potential targets in the United States via TextNow app and take control over their systems using remote access software like Any Desk on the pretext of solving issue. The officials further alleged that they would guide their targets to purchase a gift card for installing or upgrading the security software, (which was never actually done) and take the card number from them.

Further it was alleged that the gift card numbers that were taken from the targets were sent to an exclusive telegram group for clash redemption through hawala channel.

A case was registered against four accused and unknown others on June 6, 2022, on the allegations that the accused in conspiracy and other unknown persons, had fraudulently gained remote access to the digital resources of unsuspecting victims in the US and transferred the digital assets/crypto-currencies from the wallets/accounts of the victims to their wallets. The case is under investigation.

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