Beware,a phone call could make your wallet much lighter

The next time you see a missed call from a mobile number beginning with +0092,think twice before calling back.

Written by Prawesh Lama | New Delhi | Published: January 25, 2012 1:04:23 am

The next time you see a missed call from a mobile phone number beginning with +0092,think twice before calling back. The person on the other side could dupe you of your hard-earned money.

The Crime Branch of the Delhi Police is now on the lookout for a Pakistani national based in Punjab,who is the mastermind of a cheating racket. Apart from the Pakistani national,the police are also searching for a Noida tea shop owner,a sales executive from Old Delhi,a resident of Wazirabad,and a Punjab businessman. Police have registered a case under Sections 420 and 120-B against the accused.

Explaining the modus operandi of the gang,a senior police officer said,“The calls are randomly made from Pakistan. When the victim sees the calls,he calls back out of curiosity,only to be told that he has won a lottery worth a million rupees. However,there’s a catch. To avail of the prize,he is expected to deposit a sum of around Rs 10,000. Assuming that the call is genuine,the victim deposits the cash. The money is then sent throught hawala channels to Pakistan with the help of the tea shop owner,who has been found to be loitering suspiciously near banks along with other gang members.”

Police also alleged that the gang also gets a part of the revenue through the victims calling up the Pakistani number. “Some of the complainants told us that the fraudsters started making money right from the moment someone dials the Pakistan number. The call charges are much higher than the normal call rate,” the officer said.

However,the police were unable to explain how the money made through the call was actually transferred to the accused. “Once we arrest the accused,we will be able to look at this issue more clearly,” the officer said.

Mobile phone records of the Indian gang members revealed that they were constantly in touch with the Pakistani national. While intercepting one of the calls,Crime Branch officers found that several persons from the NCR were actively coordinating with the kingpin,based in Pakistan.

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