Man who set up il­le­gal call cen­tres in Gore­gaon held

Nabbed From Delhi, Hunt On For 3 Oth­ers

The Times of India (Mumbai edition) - - TIMES CITY - Ahmed.Ali@ times­group.com

Mumbai: The city crime branch on Satur­day ar­rested the “main” man be­hind the set­ting up of an il­le­gal call cen­tre from where the ac­cused used to duped US na­tion­als by call­ing them up and com­pelling them to buy anti-virus soft­ware.

The crime branch of the city po­lice have ar­rested Bipin Gupta alias Shahu from New Delhi af­ter the other ar­rested ac­cused in the case spilled the beans on him.

Last week, the crime branch had busted two call cen­tres—In­fin­ity and In­no­va­tion —at 58 West Build­ing on SV Road in Gore­gaon and ar­rested two per­sons—David Al­phanso and San­deep Ya­dav. The po­lice are still look­ing for Al­phanso’s girl­friend and part­ner, Arti Sax­ena, and two oth­ers who have been iden­ti­fied as Tau­fik Shaikh and Mo­hammed Shadab. The po­lice had seized 48 lap­tops and com­put­ers and also laid their hands on a long list con­tain­ing the KYC (Knoy Your Cus­tomer) of the US na­tion­als.

Sources said Shahu, a for­mer em­ployee of a call cen­tre, has tech­ni­cal knowl­edge and had helped the two ac­cused set up call cen­tres. Se­nior in­spec­tor Ma­hesh De­sai said that Shahu also helped the ac­cused get their gift cards en­cashed in Mumbai. “Now we are try­ing to iden­tify those for­eign ex­change deal­ers who help them in the racket,” said De­sai.

The po­lice said there were two call cen­tres lo­cated be­side each other. Ini­tially they had started off as one, but due to dif­fer­ence of opin­ion be­tween those who had set them up,

The call cen­tres were used to call up and dupe US na­tion­als who were com­pelled to buy anti- virus soft­ware

The po­lice had seized 48 lap­tops and desk­tops and a list con­tain­ing data of the Amer­i­can tar­gets they put up a wooden par­ti­tion to di­vide the premises. While Al­phanso man­aged In­fin­ity, the ab­scond­ing ac­cused ran In­no­va­tion. Both have used Shahu’s ser­vices to set up the call cen­tres, said the po­lice.

The modus operandi of the ac­cused was to em­ploy young re­cruits who would call up US na­tion­als through VOIP call and in­form them that their lap­tops have been in­fected with virus and com­pelled them to buy their anti-virus soft­ware. The ac­cused would ask the US na­tion­als that they need not pay money and in­stead they can buy gift­cards and hand over the 16 digit pass­word. Us­ing this pass­word the ac­cused en­cashed the money in In­dia.with the help of Shahu.

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