Delhi police have arrested an interstate gang of high-tech scammers and detained four people who allegedly defrauded gullible people under the pretense of facilitating online loans.
The gang used to trade cryptocurrency, according to Delhi Police. They learn tactics from YouTube and contact Chinese nationals via telegram.
The defendants were identified as Deepak Patwa (23), Dev Kishan (32), Suresh Singh (45) and Sunil Kumar Khatik (34). Deepak, Dev and Suresh are residents of Chittorgarh, Rajasthan while Sunil is a resident of Neemuch, Madhya Pradesh.
Police said a Mohd Nadeem Saifi filed a complaint with Rohini Cyber Police Station claiming he received a text message on his phone saying “LIGHT, your requested credit has been approved, you can apply a credit limit of Rs 2.00.000/- dial, please login app…”
The complainant followed the link and uploaded the basic details. Shortly after receiving a WhatsApp call from an international number, he was asked to deposit 5 percent of the loan amount up front, according to company rules, which will be refunded later. After depositing a total of Rs 40,000/- in three transactions, he became unresponsive on WhatsApp.
The case was registered with PS Cyber Rohini and an investigation was launched by the Delhi Police.
Upon investigating and following up the money trail, it was discovered that the amount defrauded was transferred to bank accounts in Neemuch, Madhya Pradesh.
Upon further analysis, it was found that more than 75,000 rupees were transferred to the alleged account within two days and the scammed money was used to buy cryptocurrency on various platforms.
The police then found some suspects. Subsequently, the suspects were also technically monitored and it was revealed that they were operating in the Chittorgarh area, Rajasthan.
Accordingly, raids were carried out in Chittorgarh, Rajasthan and four suspects were arrested based on technical analysis as well as human intelligence.
During the interrogation, the accused revealed their identity and were subsequently arrested.
Police seized 15 ATM cards, seven mobile phones and 27 SIM cards used in the commission of the crime. A dongle, laptop, tablet, six checkbooks, BMW car, five savings books and Rs 20,000 were also seized.
During the interrogation, the defendants disclosed that they had this idea (modus operandi) of defrauding YouTube. They come into contact via telegram with some Chinese nationals who have been cheating innocent people under the pretext of enabling online loans.
The defendant used to get the scammed money into various bank accounts via UPI and then convert it to cryptocurrency by buying USDT from scammed money on a crypto exchange.
Arrested defendant Deepak Patwa received commissions in cryptocurrency and later redeemed them on his account and through Hawala.
Further investigations also revealed that the IP address of the alleged WhatsApp number belongs to China. In order to communicate with the alleged WhatsApp number, the defendant Deepak translated the messages received in Chinese into Hindi using Google Translator and also shared his version using Google Translator.
The investigation is ongoing. Other victims of the accused are identified.
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