CHANDIGARH: In a coordinated operation, Punjab Police has busted two gangs of inter-state cyber scamsters and arrested six individuals, who had defrauded a lot of harmless bank prospects of their hard-earned cash by impersonating as bank officers. Police have recovered Rs. 8.85 lakhs in cash 11 cell phones, 9 handsets and 100 sim playing cards from their possession.
Based on Punjab DGP, Dinkar Gupta, whereas one gang, with 4 members, was working from Delhi, the opposite two have been working for a Jamtara primarily based gang, a area in Bihar which has gained notoriety for on-line scams, and have been lively in Ludhiana. Gupta mentioned these six scamsters have been lively within the area and with their arrest 4 circumstances have been solved up to now.
Gupta mentioned the complete operation was carried out by a particular joint crew of Cyber Cell and CIA, constituted and supervised by Sandeep Garg, SSP Sangrur, beneath DSP (D), Mohit Agarwal. The DGP mentioned the kingpin of the Delhi gang, Mohd. Farid, resident of Chanakaya Place in West Delhi, was operating a name centre, Platinum Holidays Pvt. Ltd., in Pankha Street space. His operations have been saved beneath a watch and a raid on the centre led to the restoration of Rs 1, 20, 000 in cash, 7 Cell Telephones, 9 Handset Phone (Beetal model) and 90 sim playing cards.
Gupta mentioned preliminary Investigations have revealed that the accused have been concentrating on HDFC Bank account holders by portraying themselves as bank officers. They used to take private bank associated info from their victims on the pretext that their debit/bank card was expiring as a result of ongoing Covid crises. After acquiring their card particulars and related OTPs despatched on their cell phones, the suspects used to switch cash from the accounts of the unsuspecting victims to their very own fictitious Paytm accounts, mentioned Gupta. He mentioned the investigating crew had additionally arrested some individuals, who have been getting used to function these pretend Paytm accounts.
The DGP mentioned moreover Farid, his associates, Sanjay Kashyap @ Dada, Mukesh, and Upender Kumar Singh, all residents of West Delhi, have been arrested. An FIR no. 178 dated 27/08/2020 u/s 420 IPC, 66D IT Act, has been registered at PS Metropolis 1 Sangrur.
Gupta mentioned the 2 Jamtara Gang members, Noor Ali and Pawan Kumar, residents of Mandi Gobind Garh and Basti Jodehwal respectively, have been nabbed type Ludhiana. The duo additionally used to name folks, impersonating themselves as bank officers, on the pretext of reverification of their KYC particulars. After looking for their sufferer’s banking particulars and OTP, they used to ask them to obtain a “QS Team viewer app” and swap off their cell phones for a short length. Throughout this era, they used to siphon off cash from the accounts of their victims to the account of Sugal Damani Utility Companies after which to the MobiKwik pockets of Noor Ali.
The cash was later transferred to Pawan Kumar’s MobiKwik pockets. Pawan, who was operating a enterprise of recharging cell phones, beneath the title of Bali Telecom, used this ill-gotten wealth for paying electrical energy payments of his quite a few prospects by means of his e-wallet, after providing them reductions, and accepting cash in exchange.
Police have recovered Rs. 7, 65, 000 in cash, 2 cell phone and sim playing cards from their possession. The duo has been u/s 420, 120-B IPC, 66-D IT Act 2008 at PS Sadar Dhuri has been registered.