Delhi Police has busted a nexus of cyber frauds which has roots in Jharkhand’s Jamtara district.
The gang was running a phishing scam. (Representative Photo)
Delhi Police busted a gang of six people who were running a phishing scam and were operating from Jamtara in Jharkhand. The gang was exposed on the complaint of a victim who had called up a toll-free number of Axis Bank from Google which was later found to be fake as no one picked that call but he received another call from another number posing to be a bank employee. The victim was sent a link on which he was supposed to click to resolve his issue with the bank. However, he was duped of Rs 63,800 as soon as he clicked on it.
Delhi Police started investigating the case and sought all phoney call centre and PayTM numbers in the investigation. Around hundreds of mobile phone numbers were found to be running in these devices.
Apparently, no calls were made on these numbers but only some messages were reflecting. These findings further intrigued the investigators, as the crime appeared to be well-knit and part of some vicious nexus running pan India. Hundreds of accounts and mobile numbers were used to deliberately mislead the investigators.
The details of bank accounts in which money was transferred were obtained which started revealing important mobile numbers which were recharged through these bank accounts.
One mobile number surfaced and its details reflected that this person had travelled to Delhi and Gurugram in the month of June, 2020. Its Delhi based contacts were examined and a mobile number in the name of Nasim Ansari was traced whose mobile was registered in Jamtara, Jharkhand. On August 21, he was nabbed by the police.
On interrogation, he coughed up names of his associates. “We found 15 ATM cards in possession of the accused. He disclosed that he had procured these ATM cards from one Narayan, a resident of Sohana, Haryana for Rs 5,000 each. We also recovered a swipe machine and a fingerprint scanner from the accused. During further interrogation, Nasim disclosed that he supplied these accounts to other people namely Iqbal and Sagir Ansari, both residents of Jamtara, Jharkhand. Iqbal was also arrested as per inputs by Nasim,” said a police official.
In total, six men were arrested by Delhi Police and a total of 25 ATM cards, Rs 1,78,500 and one cheque book with three blank cheques were recovered from their possession.