Gurugram Police arrested seven persons who duped scores of people across the country of Rs 22.17 crore via cybercrime. According to the police, a total of 5,871 complaints were lodged against these fraudsters nationwide.
The arrested men, identified as Mohammad Danish, Mohammad Abdul Majeed, Navdeep Kumawat, Krishna Gopal, Mahender Kumar Sen, Sachin Nama, and Suraj Rana, were found to be involved in several cases of cybercrime.
As per the police, upon scrutinising the data from the Indian Cyber Crime Coordination Center (I4C) for the seized mobile phones and SIM cards of the accused individuals, it was revealed that Danish and Majid were linked to Rs 18 crore worth of fraud. A total of 4,482 complaints and 175 FIRs are registered nationally against them, and eight are specific to Haryana.
The police investigation revealed that they used to pose as bank customer service officers for their targets. They used to trick them by contacting them under the pretext of updating their bank accounts, or completing KYC procedures by sending links through WhatsApp. Thus, they used to hack their phones.
“Other accused – Kumawat, Gopal, Sen, and Nama – are linked to Rs 2.5 crore, with 39 FIRs registered, and three specific to Haryana. They committed fraud by inviting people to like YouTube videos or offering part-time jobs through Telegram.
Accused Suraj Rana is linked to Rs 1.68 crore, with 28 FIRs across the country and two in Haryana,” the police added. He engaged in various forms of cyber fraud, including creating fake social media accounts.
Following the arrests, the police will now present the accused in court for remand. During the remand, the police will scrutinise the criminal record of the accused and try to find out the exact number of people who have been deceived by these culprits so far.