Three days after the inauguration of Uttar Pradesh’s first Centre for Cyber Crime Investigation (CCCI) in Noida, Gautam Budh Nagar Police arrested two former call centre employees in a case of alleged financial fraud Thursday.
The arrests were made on the basis of a complaint by a man who had allegedly been duped of Rs 7 lakh on the promise of an interest-free loan.
“The complainant, Ganesh Shanker Choudhary, approached the cyber cell and said he had received a call from a person who claimed to be a representative of IRDA. The caller told Choudhary he would receive an interest-free loan of Rs 30 lakh. The complainant started getting calls from other numbers with the same offer. He then deposited nearly Rs 7 lakh as processing fee in a bank account, as per instructions given to him by these callers,” said Dinesh Yadav, superintendent of police (city), Gautam Budh Nagar, who is also heading the team at CCCI.
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“Choudhary did not receive any loan money and he demanded that the amount submitted by him should be returned. At that point, he received an e-mail which had scanned copies of two bank drafts — one was a Canara Bank draft worth Rs 11,50,000 and the other was a Bank of India draft for Rs 15,09,999. When the complainant showed these drafts to the banks concerned, he was told they were fake. That’s when he realised he had been duped,” said Yadav.
On the basis of bank account numbers mentioned in the drafts as well as mobile surveillance, two persons — Mohit Choudhary and Amitesh Kirti — were arrested from Noida’s Sector-3 area Thursday, said police.
While Mohit Choudhary is a resident of Bijnor, Amitesh Kirti hails from Ghaziabad.
“They would take up jobs in call centres, steal details of customers and then quit their jobs. Using these details, they would call various customers, offer them false incentives and convince them to transfer money to their accounts,” said Yadav.
He added, “Transaction details of Mohit Choudhary’s account show that in the last one year, he accumulated over Rs 17 lakh. Both of the accused are currently unemployed. We are going through their account transactions. It is possible that they have duped many others of crores of rupees.”
An FIR under IPC Section 420 (cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property) and Section 66 of the Information Technology Act has been registered at Noida Sector 20 police station.