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Fake call centre racket targeting senior citizens busted, 6 arrested

They targeted senior citizens who had purchased insurance policies from different companies and lured them to deposit money to get a huge amount supposedly after their insurance policies matured
A case under section 419, 420 and 120B of the IPC has been registered at the Sector 34 police station in Chandigarh against six men arrested in a fake call centre racket.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
A case under section 419, 420 and 120B of the IPC has been registered at the Sector 34 police station in Chandigarh against six men arrested in a fake call centre racket.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Updated on Sep 22, 2020 11:55 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By HT Correspondent, Chandigarh

Illegal call centre busted for duping loan seekers

Seven people, including a sales promoter associated with a telecom service providing company, were arrested for cheating more than 500 loan aspirants to the tune of Rs 2.5 crore in the last two years, officials said.
Police said the call centre was busted following an investigation into a complaint filed by one Pawan Kumar, who was cheated of nearly Rs 2.19 lakh in name of providing a personal loan of Rs 10 lakh. Photograph: ABHIJIT BHATLEKAR/MINT(Representative Image)
Police said the call centre was busted following an investigation into a complaint filed by one Pawan Kumar, who was cheated of nearly Rs 2.19 lakh in name of providing a personal loan of Rs 10 lakh. Photograph: ABHIJIT BHATLEKAR/MINT(Representative Image)
Updated on Aug 11, 2020 11:13 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent

Centre to launch supply helpline amid worries during key farm season

Farm workers seen harvesting crop in a field, on day eighteen of the 21 day lockdown to limit the coronavirus, near Yamuna Expressway, in Greater Noida, India, on Saturday, April 11, 2020.(Photo: Sunil Ghosh / Hindustan Times)
Farm workers seen harvesting crop in a field, on day eighteen of the 21 day lockdown to limit the coronavirus, near Yamuna Expressway, in Greater Noida, India, on Saturday, April 11, 2020.(Photo: Sunil Ghosh / Hindustan Times)
Updated on Apr 15, 2020 04:36 AM IST
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Haryana seals its borders

Khattar directs officials to set up relief camps, appoint nodal officers
Haryana Roadways buses arranged for ferrying migrant labourers leave for Delhi from Rohtak on Sunday.(Manoj Dhaka/HT)
Haryana Roadways buses arranged for ferrying migrant labourers leave for Delhi from Rohtak on Sunday.(Manoj Dhaka/HT)
Published on Mar 30, 2020 12:45 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By HT Correspondent, Chandigarh

2 booked for operating unauthorised call centres in Mohali

The accused have been identified as Mohd Khan and Ramzan from Jaipur
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Published on Feb 28, 2020 01:19 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By HT Correspondent, Mohali

Chandigarh police bust insurance racket, 6 held

The gang, operating from Ghaziabad, duped people on the pretext of reviving their expired insurance policies, over 100 targeted through the country, say police
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Updated on Feb 01, 2020 01:16 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By HT Correspondent, Chandigarh

Indian pleads guilty to multi-million dollars scam targeting Americans

Hitesh Madhubhai Patel and his co-conspirators perpetrated a scheme in which employees from call centres in Ahmedabad, impersonated officials and engaged in telephone call scams to defraud victims throughout the US.
Hitesh Madhubhai Patel was prosecuted in the US after being extradited from Singapore in April 2019 to face charges in the telefraud and money laundering case(Mint Representational Photo)
Hitesh Madhubhai Patel was prosecuted in the US after being extradited from Singapore in April 2019 to face charges in the telefraud and money laundering case(Mint Representational Photo)
Updated on Jan 10, 2020 10:42 AM IST
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Washington | By Press Trust of India

Food deliveryman held with heroin, drug money in Mohali

Police said he used to get heroin for 1,000 per gram from Delhi and sold it for 2,000 to 2,500 per gram
Published on Nov 16, 2019 01:11 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By HT Correspondent

Kolkata call centres defrauding UK citizens shut in joint operation

Fraudsters called people, claiming to be from Microsoft, saying that their computer security had been compromised. They would either then sell a worthless piece of software for around £200, or dupe the victim into allowing access to their computer and any online bank accounts, which they would then drain.
The call centres were raided by 50 officers from the cyber division of the Kolkata Police on October 17 and seven people were arrested.(PTI PHOTO.)
The call centres were raided by 50 officers from the cyber division of the Kolkata Police on October 17 and seven people were arrested.(PTI PHOTO.)
Updated on Oct 21, 2019 10:45 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, London | By Prasun Sonwalkar

4 of Ludhiana gang who duped people of 100 crore land in police net

Police also recovered 12 mobile phones and data of at least 20,000 insurance holders
The accused in police custody in Ludhiana on Thursday.(HT PHOTO)
The accused in police custody in Ludhiana on Thursday.(HT PHOTO)
Published on Oct 17, 2019 10:59 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Ludhiana | By HT Correspondent, Ludhiana

Suniel Shetty shoots for debut Hollywood film, Call Centre, in Hyderabad

Actor Suniel Shetty, who was earlier seen in Don’t Stop Dreaming, is currently shooting for Hollywood film Call Centre in Hyderabad, claims report.
Suniel Shetty is working on another action film, a Hollywood production.
Suniel Shetty is working on another action film, a Hollywood production.
Updated on Oct 14, 2019 11:13 AM IST
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Hindiustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent

Maharashtra to launch emergency medical toll-free number for farm animals

The state animal husbandry department has identified 349 vulnerable areas in which 80 mobile care centres and 80 call centres will be established.
Maharashtra is to launch an emergency medical services (EMS) for animals, introducing a toll-free number - 1962 - for the same.(Virendra Singh Gosain/HT PHOTO)
Maharashtra is to launch an emergency medical services (EMS) for animals, introducing a toll-free number - 1962 - for the same.(Virendra Singh Gosain/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Aug 21, 2019 02:31 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Pune | By Nozia Sayyed

DU graduate among two women held for running fake call centre, offering phony health insurance packages

The police identified the duo as Mangolpuri resident Suman Lata (33) and Palam Colony resident Jyoti (34), who goes by a single name,
Two women were arrested for allegedly running a fake call centre and duping over 350 people of over Rs 50 lakh in the name of providing them low premium health insurance packages, said police.
Two women were arrested for allegedly running a fake call centre and duping over 350 people of over Rs 50 lakh in the name of providing them low premium health insurance packages, said police.
Updated on Aug 13, 2019 04:21 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Karn Pratap Singh

STF nabs 2 for running fake call centre and duping people from Noida

STF officials said they received the first complaint from an Unnao resident who alleged that he had been duped of Rs.20 lakh.The suspects were living in Delhi and were running a fake call centre from B block in Sector 6.
Special Task Force arrested two persons for running a fake call centre.(Mint photo)
Special Task Force arrested two persons for running a fake call centre.(Mint photo)
Updated on Aug 11, 2019 04:29 PM IST
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Hindustan Times,Noida | By Tanmayee Tyagi

Fake call centre busted in Gurugram,four arrested for duping US citizens millions of dollars

The police busted a fake call centre that had been operating out of an office in Sector 37 for the past five month.
The police on Tuesday night busted a fake call centre that had been operating out of an office in Sector 37.(HT photo)
The police on Tuesday night busted a fake call centre that had been operating out of an office in Sector 37.(HT photo)
Updated on Aug 09, 2019 08:13 AM IST
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Hindustan Times,Gurugram | By Leena Dhankhar

2 held for duping 500 of Rs 80 lakh on portal

Police said the two men Lalit Prasad (25) and his associate Pardeep Kumar (25) were running the fake shopping portal by the name of “www.kart4all.com”.
Delhi police’s cyber cell on Saturday arrested two men for allegedly running a fake online shopping portal .(HT Photo)
Delhi police’s cyber cell on Saturday arrested two men for allegedly running a fake online shopping portal .(HT Photo)
Published on Jul 08, 2019 03:51 AM IST
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New Delhi | By HT Correspondent

Call script from dark web used to dupe US citizens

The arrested accused are Yogesh Sharma,25, Abhishek Salian, 31, Naim Khan, 31, Asif Lanjekar, 32, and Pradipkumar Ram, 29.
The fake call centre was being run from the second floor of this building in Motilal Nagar chawl, Goregaon(HT Photo)
The fake call centre was being run from the second floor of this building in Motilal Nagar chawl, Goregaon(HT Photo)
Published on Jul 06, 2019 01:09 AM IST
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Mumbai | By Jayprakash S Naidu

Yogi govt links complaint disposal to bureaucrats’ ACR

He recalled that within the first year of his government, 22 lakh complainants travelled to meet him in Lucknow to get their grievances redressed.
Chief minister Yogi Adityanath on Thursday launched 1076 -- the chief minister’s 24x7 helpline(PTI)
Chief minister Yogi Adityanath on Thursday launched 1076 -- the chief minister’s 24x7 helpline(PTI)
Updated on Jul 05, 2019 01:17 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Lucknow | By Manish Chandra Pandey, Lucknow

Fake call centre busted in Goregaon: Gang stole US citizens’ data, duped them of 1.5 crore

Police suspect the data of US citizens may have been leaked by some private bank
The accused bought the contact details of US citizens and then duped them of approximately ₹1.5 crore(REUTERS)
The accused bought the contact details of US citizens and then duped them of approximately ₹1.5 crore(REUTERS)
Updated on Jul 05, 2019 12:02 AM IST
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Hindustan Times | By Jayprakash Naidu, Mumbai

How Gehlot became Dahiya after murdering ‘girl with the peacock tattoo’

Gehlot, 39, was no ordinary fugitive. Involved in one of the most high-profile cases in the Capital, he was wanted for the 2011 murder of Neetu Solanki, often referred to in crime chronicles as “the girl with the peacock tattoo”.
Kartar Singh Solanki (L) and Sushila, parents of Neetu Solanki, who was murdered by her live-in partner Raju Gehlot and her body was found stuffed in a bag outside the New Delhi railway station in February 2011, hold up clippings and pictures of their daughter at their home, in New Delhi, India, on Friday, June 28, 2019. (Photo by Burhaan Kinu/ Hindustan Times)
Kartar Singh Solanki (L) and Sushila, parents of Neetu Solanki, who was murdered by her live-in partner Raju Gehlot and her body was found stuffed in a bag outside the New Delhi railway station in February 2011, hold up clippings and pictures of their daughter at their home, in New Delhi, India, on Friday, June 28, 2019. (Photo by Burhaan Kinu/ Hindustan Times)
Updated on Jul 04, 2019 09:00 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Shiv Sunny and Karn Pratap Singh

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.
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)
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)
Published on Jun 21, 2019 06:01 PM IST
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Bhopal | By Press Trust of India

Noida data theft: Call centre employee claims cop assaulted him, slapped fake case

The engineer was identified as Shahabuddin, a resident of Ghaziabad. According to him, he had joined the company in 2018.
A software engineer employed with a call centre in Sector 65 has alleged that he was assaulted by a sub-inspector of the cyber cell and that the policeman had forced him to own up to false data theft charges.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
A software engineer employed with a call centre in Sector 65 has alleged that he was assaulted by a sub-inspector of the cyber cell and that the policeman had forced him to own up to false data theft charges.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Published on Jun 18, 2019 03:15 AM IST
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Noida | By Tanmayee Tyagi

Ex-call centre employee killed for refusing to pay Rs50 lakh extortion money

The victim, Amit Kochar, was among the five persons shot dead in four separate incidents in Delhi over a 15-hour period between Thursday night and Friday morning.
His refusal to pay ₹50 lakh as extortion money led to the murder of a 35-year-old ex-call centre employee in West Delhi’s Vikaspuri on Thursday night, the Delhi Police’s crime branch said on Saturday after apprehending a 16-year-old suspect.(AFP Photo)
His refusal to pay ₹50 lakh as extortion money led to the murder of a 35-year-old ex-call centre employee in West Delhi’s Vikaspuri on Thursday night, the Delhi Police’s crime branch said on Saturday after apprehending a 16-year-old suspect.(AFP Photo)
Updated on Jun 16, 2019 10:42 AM IST
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2 held in Gurugram for selling fake insurance policies

The police, on Saturday, said the duo had set up several fake call centres in Delhi and Rajasthan and hired telecallers, who claimed to work for a reputed online insurance aggregator.
The police arrested two men, including an engineer from Nepal, for allegedly conning people on the pretext of selling them insurance policies, in a scam estimated to be at least ₹50 lakh.
The police arrested two men, including an engineer from Nepal, for allegedly conning people on the pretext of selling them insurance policies, in a scam estimated to be at least ₹50 lakh.
Published on Jun 16, 2019 12:13 AM IST
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Gurugram | By HT Correspondent

‘Fake’ call centre raided, 15 people arrested in Ghaziabad

The police arrested Sonu Giri and 14 others from a flat and also recovered the insurance data of several customers, 36 mobile phones, 28 debit and credit cards, cheque books, 6.3 lakh and others.
The 15 members were booked under the Indian Penal Code sections for criminal breach of trust and cheating at Indirapuram police station.(HT Photo/Sakib Ali)
The 15 members were booked under the Indian Penal Code sections for criminal breach of trust and cheating at Indirapuram police station.(HT Photo/Sakib Ali)
Updated on Jun 03, 2019 12:56 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Ghaziabad | By HT Correspondent

Police to e-mail over 1 lakh foreigners who fell prey to ‘tech support’ scams

Police commissioner Muhammad Akil said, during raids, they recovered data from the fake call centres and from the suspects. This data has details of nearly one lakh users, including their email IDs, credit and debit card numbers, and their CVV numbers.
Police commissioner Muhammad Akil said the cyber crime unit has been asked to start sending emails to all victims.(HT Photo)
Police commissioner Muhammad Akil said the cyber crime unit has been asked to start sending emails to all victims.(HT Photo)
Updated on May 30, 2019 08:06 AM IST
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Gurugram | By Leena Dhankhar

Fake call centre in Gurugram duped 25,000 in US in name of tech support

According to the police, the said call centre was duping users of millions of dollars on the pretext of providing remote technical support service.
The suspects in police custody on Tuesday.(Yogendra Kumar/HT PHOTO)
The suspects in police custody on Tuesday.(Yogendra Kumar/HT PHOTO)
Updated on May 29, 2019 07:23 AM IST
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Gurugram | By Leena Dhankhar

Woman duped of Rs1 lakh by fraudster at airline helpline

Police said the number she sourced online was posted by a conman, who allegedly took the ATM PIN and OTP details from the woman over the phone.
A Sector 45 resident filed a police complaint alleging that she was duped of Rs1.1 lakh by a fraudster, claiming to work for the call centre of a private airline.
A Sector 45 resident filed a police complaint alleging that she was duped of Rs1.1 lakh by a fraudster, claiming to work for the call centre of a private airline.
Updated on May 27, 2019 09:17 AM IST
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Gurugram | By HT Correspondent

US warns ‘India-based call centre scam industry’

Patel was charged in 2016 along with 55 people, most of them of Indian descent, and five companies in the alleged massive scam
The US government is taking aim at the “India-based call centre scam industry”, Assistant Attorney General Brian Benczkowski has warned while announcing the extradition of an Indian citizen from Singapore allegedly involved in a multi-million dollar racket.(HT PHOTO)
The US government is taking aim at the “India-based call centre scam industry”, Assistant Attorney General Brian Benczkowski has warned while announcing the extradition of an Indian citizen from Singapore allegedly involved in a multi-million dollar racket.(HT PHOTO)
Updated on Apr 21, 2019 05:03 AM IST
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Washington | By Indo Asian News Service..

A crackdown on Americans of Indian descent will cause worry

A bunch of scammers, based in India and operating with Indian American accomplices, targeted elderly Americans in what is called phone tech support fraud. These operations were so well organised and sophisticated that US law enforcement officials have compared them to the Cosa Nostra, the Sicilian mafia. Attorney General William Barr (above) drew that comparison during an unrelated hearing on Capitol Hill on April 9(REUTERS)
A bunch of scammers, based in India and operating with Indian American accomplices, targeted elderly Americans in what is called phone tech support fraud. These operations were so well organised and sophisticated that US law enforcement officials have compared them to the Cosa Nostra, the Sicilian mafia. Attorney General William Barr (above) drew that comparison during an unrelated hearing on Capitol Hill on April 9(REUTERS)
Updated on Apr 13, 2019 10:36 AM IST
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