The Crime Branch of Delhi Police has arrested 25 persons, including 20 women, for allegedly running a fake friendship club and a fake massage parlour centre.
Police said the gang had a call centre type of set up at their Janakpuri district centre office. The women used to talk to male customers over phone and lured them to deposit money. They used to pay Rs 50,000 per month as rent.
The gang would place an advertisement in the newspapers and, on getting calls from prospective 'clients', they would ask them to deposit Rs 1,000 towards registration. "After that they would ask which 'category' girl they want to talk to," said a senior police officer.
"In the first category they were 'models' with whom one could talk for R7,000. In the second category, there were 'college students' and the rate was R5,000. The third category was 'housewives' and one had to pay R3,000 to chat with them," the officer added. The women belonged to the age group of 19 to 24 years and most of them were college graduates.
"Our investigations revealed that the racket was going on for the past one year. They advertised themselves as 'Honeymoon Nights Friendship Club', while for massage training centre they used to advertise under a different name," said Ashok Chand, DCP (crime).
For the fake massage parlour training centre, they used to lure male customers by claiming they would teach him how to become a masseur and also provide him a list of clients for him to earn money.
In this case, too, the gang charged Rs 1,000 for registration. "After that the caller would be told to deposit Rs 3,750 for the massage kit. Then he would be told to deposit Rs 7,000 for the woman trainer who would teach him. Once all the money was deposited they would stop taking calls from the caller," Chand added.
The police have recovered two laptops, 60 mobile phones, 52 registers with details of calls. Apart from that, five bank accounts have also been seized.