THE CRIME Investigation Agency (CIA) of the Panchkula police has arrested two former call centre employees for allegedly duping people and stealing their debit card details by posing as bank officials. The accused, Mohammad Tahir Ansari, 25, and Neetu Kumari, 24, are residents of Jamshedpur, Jharkhand. Ansari was arrested from Delhi and Neetu from Jharkhand.
“We were investigating a case registered at Sector 14 police station, Panchkula, in June 2015 after one resident alleged that someone had illegally withdrawn money from his bank account. He had received a call from some unknown persons who posed as bank officials and took the debit card details. The investigation into the case led us to identify the two accused,” said Inspector Arvind Kumar.
A local court on Friday remanded the two accused in 14-day judicial custody. The two were working in a call centre in Jamshedpur after which they decided to mint money by posing as bank officials, said the police. Neetu was also arrested by the Orissa Police two years ago.
According to CIA officials, the accused used to call people from mobile numbers procured on fake IDs and pose as bank officials. “They would seek details of the debit card, including card number and expiry date, and then ask the victim to forward them the one time password (OTP) sent on their mobile number. They would use the information to do online shopping,” said Inspector Kumar.
The accused had purchased LED screens and various other appliances while shopping online on e-commerce sites such as Ebay, Flipkart and Amazon. During the police interrogation, the accused had confessed to committing as many as 20 such crimes in Punjab and Chandigarh.
“They did not operate from one place as their location kept changing. They would call numbers after verifying their location and dispose the SIM cards later. We are investigating the matter to find out other cases in which they were involved,” said the Inspector.
The accused were booked under Section 420 (cheating) of the Indian Penal Code and relevant sections of the Information Technology (IT) Act.