Fake call centre duping US citizens busted near Gujarat's Rajkot; police arrest four, suspect many others involved

The accused used to lure US citizens by offering them low-interest loans over phone and then use their Social Security Numbers to buy gift vouchers, which were encashed in dollars, the police said

Press Trust of India January 28, 2021 00:06:57 IST
Fake call centre duping US citizens busted near Gujarat's Rajkot; police arrest four, suspect many others involved

File image of Gujarat Police. News18

Ahmedabad: A fake call centre being operated from near Rajkot city of Gujarat was busted and four persons were arrested on Wednesday for allegedly duping US citizens through it on the pretext of providing them with a loan at low-interest rates, a police official said.

All the accused are 20-year-old and had previous experience of working in call centres, , Rajkot Police, RY Raval, said.

"Through this fake call centre, they used to lure US citizens by offering them low-interest loan over phone and then use their Social Security Number to buy gift vouchers, which were encashed in dollars," he said.

The accused — Manoj Sharma, Ratan Karan, Vicky Singh and Sahil Oad — all residents of Ahmedabad, had recently moved to Rajkot to work in the fake call centre opened by an unidentified mastermind near Haripar village on the outskirts of the city, he said.

"Sahil and Ratan are still studying in college. These four youths were hired on a monthly salary of Rs 12,000 each. They would earn Rs 3 commission per US dollar that they would acquire by duping US citizens. Using contact details provided to them by the unidentified mastermind, they used to call unsuspecting Americans and offer them a loan at low-interest rates," Raval said.

The accused would convince citizens in sharing their Social Security Number in the name of processing the loan. Using the last four digits of that number, the accused would buy gift vouchers of famous US retail stores online and later encash those vouchers, he added.

It is a matter of investigation as to how the accused and their mastermind used to transfer those encashed dollars to India, he said.

"These accused are small fry. We suspect that many others are behind this racket," Raval said, adding that the accused had duped US citizens to the tune of "thousands of dollars".

Updated Date:

Subscribe to Moneycontrol Pro at ₹499 for the first year. Use code PRO499. Limited period offer. *T&C apply

also read

Gujarat local body election: 57.3% turnout as polling passes off peacefully; vote counting on 2 March
Politics

Gujarat local body election: 57.3% turnout as polling passes off peacefully; vote counting on 2 March

As per the State Election Commission (SEC), there are a total of 8,474 seats across 81 municipalities, 31 district panchayats and 231 taluka panchayats in the state, out of which candidates on 237 seats have remained unopposed.

Gujarat local body poll results: BJP sweeps panchayats, municipalities with 6,110 seats; Congress down to 1,768
Politics

Gujarat local body poll results: BJP sweeps panchayats, municipalities with 6,110 seats; Congress down to 1,768

Meanwhile, new entrants AAP and AIMIM continued their streak from phase one polls held last month. AAP won 31 talukas, two districts and nine municipal seats while AIMIM emerged as the main Opposition in Modasa and Godhra

Gujarat Local Body Election Results 2021 Updates: AAP, AIMIM continue streak of bagging seats in Congress strongholds
Politics

Gujarat Local Body Election Results 2021 Updates: AAP, AIMIM continue streak of bagging seats in Congress strongholds

Gujarat Local Body Election Results 2021 LIVE Updates: AAP and AIMIM have won seats in traditional Congress strongholds. AAP won 31 taluka and 2 district seats while AIMIM is now the principle opposition in Modasa and Godhra.