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Cyber crime: 3 arrested in Jharkhand for duping

Kolkata: Three persons of Jamtara in Jharkhand have been arrested by officials of Cyber Crime police station in Kolkata for allegedly duping several people.

According to police, on November 16, a man, identified as Debasish Ghosh, an official of a restaurant, lodged a complaint at the police station against a few unknown persons.

He informed the police that some persons have added a mobile number in the advertisement of his restaurant for booking tables, which was also published in Google.

When customers contacted on that mobile number, the receiver used to instruct them to pay Rs 10 through a link, which was being provided by the accused persons. When customers clicked on the link, a good amount of money got debited from their bank accounts.

The amount was found credited in a money wallet. Customers did not think twice about paying Rs 10 as the amount was nominal.

After being duped, when they approached the restaurant, they found that the mobile number was not provided by the hotel management.

During the investigation, the police collected the Call Detail Records (CDR) of the mobile number, which was found in Google and the mobile number linked to the money wallet where the money was credited. Later, the police came to know that the numbers were being used at Jamtara in Jharkhand and Jamuria in Bengal.

Investigating officials also found that the money was credited in a State Bank of India (SBI) account in Kuruwa branch of Jamtara. The bank account holder was found to be a man, identified as Md Rahim Ansari of Karmatar in Jamtara.

On Thursday, a team from Kolkata conducted three consecutive raids and arrested three persons including Ansari. During the search, several documents, five mobile phones, mobile phone SIM cards, bank passbooks, cheque books, PAN cards and Adhaar cards were seized.

A few years ago several cases of cyber crime were registered in Kolkata and Bidhannagar where accused persons used to operate from Jamtara. Jamtara gangs were mainly involved in cyber crimes. Though in past two years, Jamtara gangs were not active, it is suspected they are trying to reorganise again.

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