Updated: October 15, 2015 3:25:57 am
Uttar Pradesh Special Task Force (STF) Wednesday arrested 83 persons, 28 of them girls, from Noida for allegedly duping thousands of people of more than Rs 15 crore by creating a fake website and promising them of arranging bank loans and insurance.
In some cases, the accused also posed as CBI and income tax officers, police said.
Following their arrest from Gautam Budh Nagar district, most were released on personal bonds, but nine of them, whom the police has listed as prime accused, will be produced before court in Lucknow.
The nine — identified as Gaurav Tomar, Khalid, Ramesh Mishra, Mohammad Amir, Ibadat Ali, Niranjan Kumar Rawat, Nakul Gupta, Sonu Sharma and Mohit Kumar Beniwal (the mastermind) — had reportedly duped 16,540 persons, STF officials said.
The police claimed to have recovered 12 mobile phones, 11 cheque books, three ATM cards of different banks, 150 walkie-talkie and three cars from the group’s possession.
Additional SP, STF, Triveni Singh said the group had set up three call centres, all owned by Mohit, in Noida Sector 20 from where they used to call people. The ASP said the centres were sealed. “The accused have been booked for committing job fraud, insurance fraud and telephone tower fraud. So far, Rs 15 crore worth transactions have been detected and more data is being scanned,” Singh said. “The case regarding the fraud was registered in Gosaiganj. But the investigation took us to Noida, following which the three call centres were sealed.”
According to Singh, the accused had formed five companies, namely RBS value card, Return Services, Net Value Services, Asord Services and Pinnacle Services.
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