New Delhi (28.09.2022): The Central Bureau of Investigation has arrested two accused in a case related to cheating and extorting foreign nationals and other offences including running an illegal call centre.
A case was registered against the proprietor of a private call centre based at Shadi Khampur village in New Delhi and others alleging that an illegal call centre was being run by the said proprietor along with others in Shadi, Khampur.
It was alleged that the accused impersonated themselves as police officers and indulged in illegal acts of large-scale cyber cheating and extorting foreign nationals and incurring the unsuspecting foreign nationals huge losses.
It was further alleged that the accused often used to impersonate themselves as officers of EUROPOL or the Federal Police and told the victims that their identities had been stolen and the crimes related to money laundering, narcotic drugs etc. had been committed in their names using their stolen identities.
It was also alleged that the accused intimidated and threatened the victims of their probable arrest and incriminated them in criminal cases.
It was alleged that to clear the victims of any coercive action, the accused used to threaten them and compelled them to transfer money on the given bank accounts/crypto wallets/gift card codes or voucher codes. The amount thus collected was then transferred in the form of Bitcoin in the crypto-accounts of the accused maintained in the e-wallets of various cryptocurrency exchanges.
Searches were conducted on the premises of the accused including the call centre in New Delhi which led to the recovery of incriminating documents and cash worth Rs 14.50 Lakh (approx). Four cryptocurrency wallets having a total amount of Rs 1,30,20,000( including Bitcoins and other cryptocurrencies) were found which were allegedly used to park the proceeds of the crime.
Both the arrested accused were produced before the competent court and were remanded to police custody till September 30.