Oz probe leads to scam tar­get­ing US, UK cit­i­zens

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Times City - Sak­[email protected] times­group.com

New Delhi: While prob­ing a case where Bol­ly­wood ac­tor Isha Shar­vani was cheated, the cops have stum­bled upon the role of a big­ger scam tar­get­ing cit­i­zens in the US, UK and Aus­tralia. Po­lice are now look­ing for the coowner of the call cen­tre who had in­stalled the de­vices that could pin down the lo­ca­tion of the vic­tims on Google Maps. They then en­gaged the vic­tims in a con­ver­sa­tion af­ter re­veal­ing their lo­ca­tion to re­flect au­then­tic­ity. A per­sonal touch to the con­ver­sa­tion al­ways made it sound gen­uine. Po­lice sources said that the man, an IT en­gi­neer, might have pro­cured the soft­ware from an­other coun­try.

Sources stated that two more vic­tims, Priya Singh and Parth Agar­wal, also ap­proached Delhi Po­lice. “Singh stays in Aus­tralia and her par­ents live in Greater Noida. She lost 3,800 dol­lars to the same fraud­sters. Agar­wal is study­ing in Mel­bourne and lost 1,000 dol­lars,” stated the source.

The owner of the call cen­tre, Ga­gan­deep, man­aged to evade ar­rest when the cops were ar­rest­ing his co-owner, Pun­net Chadha, from west Delhi’s Vikaspuri ear­lier.

In­ves­ti­gat­ing of­fi­cials said that the call cen­tre of­fi­cials would use a unique soft­ware and make calls to peo­ple in Aus­tralia. It had around 15 em­ploy­ees, in­clud­ing fe­males, who were taught var­i­ous ac­cents to speak to the cus­tomers. If a vic­tim was not con­vinced about the caller be­ing a tax of­fi­cial, they would di­rect them to their ac­coun­tants to get de­tails of their tax ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties.

Us­ing the soft­ware, they could si­mul­ta­ne­ously at­tach a call to their ac­coun­tant and call from his num­ber de­spite him not be­ing on the line. They would make their vic­tims be­lieve that it was the mis­take of their ac­coun­tant that there was a tax ir­reg­u­lar­ity in their ac­count.

If this did not work, they would snoop into the num­ber of an Aus­tralian po­lice sta­tion and call up the vic­tims, stat­ing that they had re­ceived an ar­rest war­rant against them. Fear­ing ar­rest, the vic­tims would then trans­fer the money in the ac­counts stated by the ac­cused.

Ear­lier, po­lice had ar­rested Bhanuj Berry, Pun­net Chadha and Rishabh Khanna for duping Shar­vani. She was also asked to trans­fer the money while she was on the line with the ac­cused per­sons. She trans­ferred the money in two dif­fer­ent ac­counts on­line.

Ac­tor Isha Shar­vani was asked to trans­fer the money while she was on the line with the ac­cused

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