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Busting fake call center just tip of iceberg in online job scam

Thursday, October 11, 2018
By Dev Kotak

Seven still at large, cops make seizures

The gang that ran a fake call center has been arrested by Cuffe Parade police station from Noida in Delhi. However, it seems that this is just the tip of a scam that has been uncovered by the sleuths as they feel it is part of a much larger racket they are still yet to uncover. However, till now six persons, including a woman have been arrested, but seven are still at large.    

The gang has cheated people from all over India with a promise of providing the unemployed, unsuspecting victims a job. The accused hail from Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and Noida, Delhi. The gang members had the data of the victims entrapped and they were contacted after their personal details were registered with employment portals – monster.com and shine.com.

The people who were scammed were lured by using names of banks such as HDFC, ICICI and AXIS. They were told that they could secure jobs with these big banks.

Fake job confirmation letters were mailed to them and money in the name of 'processing fees' was sought. This was the gang's modus operandi. Money would be accepted and after trapping them and the group in contact would go incognito.

The arrested accused are Devrushi Ashokkumar Sharma, Vikrant Bhushan Giri, Jaydeep Shastri, Shashank Ramparkash Dube, Sonal Alamsingh Rana and Manoj Mohan Mahesh Tiwari, all who were nabbed from Noida.

Rana worked wuth monster.com and Tiwari with shine.com, which is how they accessed the data and provided details to the other accomplices. The duo shared the data with a fake company named All India Networking Faculty Icons Pvt Ltd.

During the crackdown the sleuths recovered 16 laptops, four hard disks, 16 mobile phones, one Wi-fi kit, 10 SIM cards and a diary.

The accused have been charged under Sections 420 and 34 of the Indian Penal Code and 66(D) of the Information Technology Act.

The operation was carried under the supervision of Subhash Khanvilkar (ACP, Colaba Division) and guidance and leadership of Rashmi Jadhav (Sr PI), Raja Bidkar, Sanjay Pawar, Sandip Pise, Prakash Patil, Tejas Sonavane, Ghogare, Mahajan and team.

“A lady approached us with a complaint stating that she had registered herself with monster.com and as a result shared her personal details. She got a call from someone claiming to be from HDFC bank and she had been offered a job. They kept in touch with her throughout and kept taking money from her on some or the other reason, claiming it was 'processing fees'. Overall she lost 1,21,800 rupees. They would send job confirmation letters, complete with the letterhead and design. Everything was systematically done and in an organised manner to make it look professional so that no one would doubt,” said an officer close to the investigation.

The police are confident of arresting the other persons involved soon, but at they moment they are investigating how the arrested accused managed to get so much cash in their accounts. A lot of unemployed youth are believed to have been targeted.

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