Illegal Call Centres: FBI, Interpol, Canada Police, Indian Police Join Forces To Curb This Menace
In March alone, police nabbed 135 fraudsters, across Delhi-NCR
Global cops are joining forces, and teaming up to fight a growing concern, whose origin is in Noida, India.
In an unprecedented move, FBI, Interpol, Indian Police and Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) have teamed up to curb the menace of illegal call centres.
The New Team Against Illegal Call Centres
Recently, officials from Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Interpol division inside FBI, Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) met Gautam Budh Nagar senior superintendent of police (SSP), and discussed the issue of illegal call centres.
It is very rare that police organizations spread across the globe team up for such a joint operation against a common enemy.
The meeting was held in Noida, as this suburb is becoming the hub of illegal call centres, which indulge in extorting money from victims, all over the world.
Most of the victims of these illegal call centres target computer/mobile users in US and Canada, and this is the reason Interpol, FBI and Canada Police had to join forces with Indian police.
Senior superintendent of police (SSP) Ajay Sharma said, “In Wednesday’s meeting with the FBI, Interpol and Royal Canadian Mounted Police, it was decided that the agencies will track the victims abroad and get their statements to help Noida Police make their case stronger.”
How Are These Illegal Call Centres Duping People?
There are various, innumerable ways by which these call centres are duping people.
In the month of March, 2018, Noida Special Task Force (STF) arrested 135 people across Delhi-NCR. They had duped victims from US, Canada of Rs 200 crore+ .
In April, STF had arrested 29 people.
In the last 6 months, Noida police raided 5 illegal call centres.
Here are some of the cases, which the police cracked:
Illegal Call Centre in Gurugram (July 30, 2018)
The gang had set up a call centre to trap victims with instant loans, with promises of instant approval. The victims were duped when they paid an initial fee. Besides, they also sold fake lotteries. There used to be no draw and there was no lottery.
The case was registered under sections 419 (cheating by personation) and 420 (cheating) of the Indian Penal Code and sections 66D and 75 of the Information Technology Act.
Illegal Call Centre In Noida (September, 2018)
The fraudsters set up a call centre with promises of fake jobs. The victims were asked to pay Rs 1-3 lakh, and then they vanished.
More than 100 people were duped.
Illegal Call Centre In Indore (August, 2018)
More than 1500 US Citizens were duped by a gang of 22 fraudsters, who posed as US Social Security officials, and they extorted money by scaring them of “criminal use of SSNs and other irregularities”.
The targeted victims were old-age US citizens, who used to transfer $500 to $2000.
We will keep you updated, as we receive more updates.