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Call center busted as pair arrested for role in job scam

Saturday, February 02, 2019
By Dev Kotak

The Mumbai police busted a fake call centre racket and arrested two persons from Noida in Uttar Pradesh (UP) who conned a Pydhonie resident of Rs 2.85 lakh with promises of a job.

The accused have been identified as Bhagirat Tyagi, 28, and Zakir Hussain, 31, both from Jhansi, UP. They were arrested on Tuesday from their office in Noida and two laptops, 15 mobile phones, six debit cards, one pen drive, and Rs 1 lakh were seized.

Tyagi, who previously worked at another fake call centre, had been arrested earlier by the Cyberabad cyber police. He later started his own fake call centre.

According to police, the complainant, Shamsher Nadeem Pathan, 29, was contacted by a tele-caller in November 2018, who promised him a manager’s post at a five-star hotel. On receiving a fake offer letter, he was asked to pay Rs 2,85,300 as processing fees and ticket cost.

After making the first payment, he was asked to transfer Rs 71,896 as goods and services tax (GST). Pathan suspected foul play and approached the Pydhonie police.

“We found Pathan had received calls from different mobile numbers. The numbers and bank accounts were traced to Noida,” said Avinash Kanade, senior police inspector, Pydhonie police station.

Tyagi, who was the mastermind, has completed his B.Tech studies and Hussain, a Class 7 dropout, provided the infrastructure.

Having completed his higher studies in hotel management, Pathan worked in Saudi Arabia between August 2016 and October 2018. He later uploaded his resume on job search site Monster India in October 2018.  

The victim received a call from a woman named Anupama, who is believed to have told him that there was a vacancy open for the post of a manager at five-star hotel JW Marriott.

In November last year, Pathan was contacted on the phone by someone named Vivek, who told him that the offer letter from the hotel was sent to him via email.
Pathan realised that he had been scammed when he called the hotel only to find out that there was no such opening and he later approached the police and a complaint was lodged.

The accused made use of several different numbers to call and scam unsuspecting people. They operated out Noida in Uttar Pradesh and were running a bogus call center.  

“Both accused were produced in a local court in UP, and on transit remand were brought to Mumbai. They were produced in a city court and remanded in police custody till February 2,” said Dyneshwar Chavan, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Zone 2.

Under the supervision of Shantilal Jadhav, ACP, Pydhonie division and guidance of Avinash Kanade, Pydhonie Senior PI, and Sunil Kamble, PI (L&O), Detection Staff PSI Liladhar Patil, PSI Pradip Bhitade, Mujawar, Dalvi, Patole, Rathod and Suryavanshi, the pair were nabbed.

They have been booked under Sections (for cheating and common intention) 420 and 34 and 66(c) and (d) of the Information Technology Act.

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