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Fake call centre busted in Noida; 126 arrested, Rs 20 lakh seized

Fake call centre busted in Noida; 126 arrested, Rs 20 lakh seized

Noida: In a major crackdown on fraudulent call centres operating in the city, the Gautam Buddh Nagar police on late Thursday night busted a fake call centre and arrested 126 employees who used to dupe foreign citizens including American, Canadian etc. Police have also recovered Rs 20 lakh cash during the raid.

According to police, the raid was conducted at a call centre in sector 63 area under Noida phase-III police station. The arrested persons worked with the call centre and were hired to call foreign citizens to threaten them and mislead on pretext of a social security number.

"Acting on a tip-off from an informer, police team conducted raid at the call Centre and arrested 126 persons red handed. These persons would call US-based and other foreign citizens and mislead them by telling that they are calling from a security agency and threaten them on the pretext of arresting and other legal actions against them," said Ajay Pal Sharma, Senior Superintendent of Police, Gautam Buddh Nagar.

"The accused persons used to tell foreign citizens that there were some problems with their social security numbers, a nine-digit identification number issued to US citizens, and solicit money to fix it. Once the persons get trapped, they ask them to deposit a particular amount into their bank account via google play card," added Sharma. The officer added that the company used to hire young people with fluency in English language.

"Most among the arrested persons are from the age group of 20 to 30 years. They are fluent in English and are mostly graduates. We are questioning the operators to gather more information into the case. Meanwhile, the owner of the call Centre has also been arrested by police while a case under Indian Penal Code (IPC) sections 420 (punishment for cheating), 387 and 66 IT act has been registered against all these persons," said Sharma.

Police also seized 312 computers, Rs 20 lakh cash from the possession of accused persons during the raid.

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