New Delhi: The Cyber Cell of the Delhi Police has found a fake call centre and arrested seven men who allegedly duped more than 500 people of over ₹ 2.5 crore by promising them to provide loans from reputed companies offering financial services.
The Senior Police Officials said that three among the seven are pursuing Bachelor of Arts (BA) from the School of Open Learning.
The fake call centre was running from Vikas Nagar in west Delhi’s Ranhola. The accused used fake SIM cards issued in the name of foreigners to dupe people, they added.
Speaking to ANI, the police said that a probe was initiated after receiving a complaint from a man who told the police that while trying to avail a personal loan, he came across a contact number of a reputed firm offering financial services online.
In addition to this, he said that when he called the number, the person who received the call promised to get him a loan at a low interest rate and asked him to deposit over ₹ 2 lakh in various bank accounts on some pretext or the other.
Using technical surveillance and details provided by the service providers about the alleged contact number, one of the accused — Pawan Mittal (28), who works as a sales promoter with a telecom company was, arrested.
During the police interrogation, the police said that this led to the arrest of his associates — Mohammad Irfan Saifi (28), Vishal Tiwari (21), Vidhata (21), Amit Kumar (23), Gyan Singh (39) and Rishabh Mohammad (25).
Irfan, who earlier worked as a telecaller in an insurance firm, was the mastermind who has been running the fake call centre from Vikas Nagar for the past two years.
The accused — Vishal, Vidhata and Amit have all been working with Irfan for several months. They are all second and third year BA students from School of Open Learning and used to get a fixed salary along with a commission from the cheated amount, Mr Roy said.
Gyan and Rishabh are associates of Mittal who helped him in selling the fake SIM cards for a substantialprofit, he said.
Several mobile phones and fake SIM cards used in the crime have been recovered from the fake call centre, police said, adding that efforts are being made to identify the others.