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Forensics team seizes WebWorks data and servers from Noida

A team from the Forensic Science Lab has seized CPUs and servers of WebWorks - a company accused of running online Ponzi schemes

noida Updated: Feb 26, 2017 00:38 IST
Hindustan Times
The company’s directors Anurag Garg and Sandesh Verma were arrested on February 17.
The company’s directors Anurag Garg and Sandesh Verma were arrested on February 17.(HT FIle Photo)

A team from the Forensic Science Lab (FSL) in Lucknow has seized 19 CPUs and network servers of WebWorks Trade Links Pvt Ltd – the company that has been accused of duping thousands through online Ponzi schemes.

The directors of the company – Anurag Garg and Sandesh Verma — are in police remand since Wednesday.

Anil Pratap Singh, a police officer connected with the investigation,said, “An FSL team has conducted seizures in the firm’s Sector 2 office in Noida on Friday. They have taken with them 19 CPUs and also froze the network servers for further investigation.”

Interrogations so far have revealed that the directors had invested money from their erstwhile real estate business, and had extended handsome benefits to many of their family members by including them in the top echelons of the Ponzi scheme, the officer said.

The seized hard drives can provide a wide range of data to the police, leading to further revelations about the business and its investors.

The two directors have been accused of duping people through an online Ponzi scheme along the lines of the scheme floated by Ablaze Info Solutions Private Limited, whose director Anubhav Mittal too was recently arrested on charges of swindling over Rs 3,700 crore from nearly 7 lakh people.

Meanwhile, complaints of a fraud along similar lines have surfaced against another firm named AddsWork. The complaints have been filed at the DIG office in Meerut. It is estimated that more than 10,000 people have invested in the firm, sources said.

Some victims of the fraud have approached DIG office in Meerut on Friday, who has assured them that the police will look into the matter.

The special investigating team (SIT) constituted to probe Ablaze Info Solutions Private Limited is also investigating the dealings of more than a dozen companies/firms engaged in the ‘cashback’ business. According to SIT officials, such firms were paid for providing services that never existed.