Five cyber criminals held for duping elderly of lakhs
Additional director general of police (ADGP) Ashok Kumar said that those arrested are students aged between 21 and 25 years.dehradun Updated: Feb 12, 2018 22:22 IST
The Uttarakhand Police have arrested five members of two inter-state cybercrime gangs for duping three senior citizens from Uttarakhand of Rs 86 lakh, Rs 38 lakh and Rs 97 lakh in separate cases.
Three of those arrested are from Arunachal Pradesh, while two are from Orissa.
Additional director general of police (ADGP) Ashok Kumar said that those arrested are students aged between 21 and 25 years and used to target senior citizens by luring them with lottery and business propositions which promised quick returns.
Police have, however, withheld the names of the victims citing privacy and security reasons.
Rs 86 lakhs duped using 50 bank accounts
In the first case, a cybercrime gang from Orissa duped a retired mechanical engineer from Pauri Garhwal district of Rs 86 lakh. Police said the victim was an engineer in Qatar and the accused contacted him on the pretext that they will help him transfer his savings to India without having to pay taxes that government levies.
He was reportedly asked to transfer the amount in as many as 50 bank accounts. Police said the victim was also lured by the accused, who told him that he has won a lottery worth Rs 64 crore and that he needs to pay some money for the cheque to be cleared.
“The victim had been regularly transferring money into different accounts for the last seven years, only to realise that he has been fooled,” said Ridhim Agarwal, senior superintendent of police, special task force.
The accused in this case, Somnath Sahu and Anil Kumar Bahera, are residents of Cuttak in Orissa and were arrested on February 7. Two other members of their gang, Dheeraj Rao, a resident of Champaran in Bihar, and Swapnasajeet, a resident of Puri in Orissa, were arrested by the Chhattisgarh Police last year. The gang is also involved in similar crimes and the Chhattisgarh Police had seized 105 debit cards from their possession.
Police said Dheeraj will soon be brought to Uttarakhand after seeking his transit warrant.
Three nabbed from Arunachal
The victims in the other two cases are also senior citizens and live in Dehradun. Police arrested three people from Naharlagun in Arunachal Pradesh for duping two elderly persons of Rs 38 lakh and Rs 97 lakh in separate cases.
Police said that in the first case, the accused contacted the victim via phone and email, and asked him to deposit Rs 38 lakh in different accounts by promising to issue him an international credit card that would enable him to buy property abroad.
In the second case, another senior citizen from Dehradun was duped by the same group of Rs 97 lakh. The victim was promised a lucrative international business of high yielding varieties of seeds.
Police have arrested Vikram Singha and Joke Baghra, both residents of West Siang, and Nani Tabin, a resident of Lower Subansiri in Arunachal Pradesh in these cases.
Fake documents used to open accounts
While revealing their modus operandi, police said that they called the victims using proxy servers and would also send emails posing as agents of financial firms. “Once we were able to trace the accused using details of their bank deposits and ATM transactions, we sent teams to Orissa and Arunachal Pradesh to arrest them,” the ADGP said.
He added that all of them have multiple accounts that were opened using fake documents. As many as 50 bank accounts were used in the case involving the fraud of Rs 86 lakh. Meanwhile, the group from Arunachal Pradesh used 13 bank accounts to execute these frauds.
“The banks are also complicit in the fraud as they allowed people to open multiple accounts using fake documents. We will take action against the bank officials found guilty,” the ADGP said.