Oz probe leads to scam targeting US, UK citizens
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