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Thane call centre scam mastermind reveals his mentor’s name

Sagar Thakkar alias Shaggy, the mastermind of the scam, confessed that 33-year-old Jagdish Kanani, who was arrested on October 16, 2016, is his mentor...

mumbai Updated: Apr 19, 2017 13:17 IST
Arvind Walmiki
Arvind Walmiki
Hindustan Times
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Sagar Thakkar is currently in the custody of Thane police. (Hindustan Times)

Sagar Thakkar alias Shaggy, the mastermind of the Thane call centre scam, confessed on Tuesday that 33-year-old Jagdish Kanani, who was arrested on October 16, 2016, for his alleged involvement in the scam, is his mentor. Kanani, who owns two call centres in Mumbai, had invested in the bogus call centres operated by Thakkar.

Investigations also revealed that Thakkar and Kanani shared details of the bank accounts through which money was laundered via WhatsApp and other social networking platforms. Initially, Kanani tried to get rid of the data he had saved on his pen drives and hard disks by dumping a few in the Ghodbunder creek and destroying others by drilling holes in them.

“He [Kanani] was a garment seller in Chennai and worked with his father in 2007-08. He learnt the ropes of managing a call centre from his experience as a call centre employee. It was here that he first devised the plan of duping foreigners to make easy money by opening bogus call centres. He also established contacts in the US, using which he procured personal details of the US nationals. This was later distributed among the employees working at his and Thakkar’s call centres,” said an officer from the Thane commissionerate.

After coming to Mumbai in 2008, Kanani took up residence at Borivli and set up a bogus call centre in the western suburbs, which was operated after 8pm. He completed his Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from a Pune-based institute and later went to Gujarat in 2013. Here, with the help of his friend, he upgraded his skill of operating a bogus call centre. After returning to Mumbai, Kananai opened another call centre and also invested in the those operated by Thakkar.

First Published: Apr 18, 2017 23:59 IST