The East Delhi Police have arrested two men for allegedly cheating a cellular phone service provider of around Rs 70 lakh by making overseas calls on international premium numbers, police said.
Mohammed Rizwan (29) and Varun Kumar (28) were caught last week following a probe into a complaint by Vodafone that their postpaid SIM cards were procured using fake documents.
They procured the cards through the company’s SIM exchange and lost SIM reactivation process.
“The two procured postpaid SIM cards using fake identities to call international premium numbers of Bulgaria, England, Romania, Switzerland, Zimbabwe and Sierra Leone,” said additional commissioner of police (East) Anand Mohan.
According to Vodafone, more than 200 such postpaid SIM cards were misused.
The mobile company was asked about the status of the dialled international numbers as wheneverthe police tried to dial them, the call could not be connected.
“Technical surveillance was kept on around 70 mobile phones on which fake SIM cards were used,” Mohan added.
The two came in contact with one Malik in January who promised them money if they called international premium numbers managed by one Noor Aziz and his son Umar Aziz based in Saudi Arabia, the officer said.
The accused used to sit through the night and continuously make these calls.
“This is basically ‘call duration-based cheating’. The more the duration of the call, the more money they would get as commission. Hence the accused continuously made conference calls from one SIM generating a billing amount running into lakhs of rupees,” Mohan added.
Rizwan was arrested from Gharoli farm while Kumar was picked up from from Indirapuram in Ghaziabad.