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Fake call centre probe: FBI to assist Madhya Pradesh cyber police

The racket, being operated from three call centres in Vijay Nagar area here, was busted on June 11 and led to the arrest of 78 people, including 19 women.

india Updated: Jun 21, 2019 18:01 IST
Press Trust of India
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FBI met special director general of police Purshottam Sharma and other senior officials at the state cyber cell headquarter in Bhopal Thursday. He assured help in recording statements of US citizens who became victims of the online scam.
FBI met special director general of police Purshottam Sharma and other senior officials at the state cyber cell headquarter in Bhopal Thursday. He assured help in recording statements of US citizens who became victims of the online scam.(REUTERS)
         

Madhya Pradesh police’s cyber cell will take help of the Federal Bureau of Investigation to record statements of United States citizens who were victims of a fake call centre racket operating from Indore, an official said Friday.

The racket, being operated from three call centres in Vijay Nagar area here, was busted on June 11 and led to the arrest of 78 people, including 19 women.

“We will soon hand over a list of nearly 100 US citizens who were duped, and request them to record their statements,” MP Cyber Cell’s Indore Unit Superintendent of Police (SP) Jitendra Singh told PTI Friday.

“A special agent of the FBI met special director general of police Purshottam Sharma and other senior officials at the state cyber cell headquarter in Bhopal Thursday. He assured help in recording statements of US citizens who became victims of the online scam,” Singh said.

Singh said an FBI team will reach Indore probably by the end of this month to help in the probe.

Those operating the call centre racket used to contact US citizens by sending them voice messages and calling them using a special software which showed as if the call was made from within the US, Singh said.

The accused passed themselves off as US social security unit officials and would tell the victim that his social security number was used in money-laundering or narcotics smuggling racket, the official said.

“The accused would tell the victim to pay a certain amount as penalty in order to not have his or her social security number blocked. They have duped several people this way,” he said.

Officials said the accused had confidential data of close to 10 lakh US citizens.

First Published: Jun 21, 2019 18:01 IST

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