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Sim cards ‘exported’ to Dubai to con Indians, cybercrime sleuths in Vadodara bust new racket | Vadodara News | #cybercrime | #computerhacker

VADODARA: Helped a friend to buy a sim card by using your identity document? That card may well land up with cybercrooks in Dubai or Pakistan!
The cybercrime sleuths in Vadodara have busted a new racket wherein fraudsters are ‘exporting’ sim cards activated in India to other countries. These cards are then used to target people in India and siphon money from their bank accounts.
“It’s a well-organised racket that ensures that the kingpins are never traced. We unearthed it when we picked up a suspect in a cyber fraud case some days ago,” said Hardik Makadia, ACP (cybercrime). Investigations revealed that local suspects were buying sim cards in bulk by either using identity documents of their acquaintances or bogus ID cards.
These cards are taken to Dubai by people involved in the racket. Each sim card is sold for anywhere between Rs 2,000 and Rs 2,500. “A middle-man buys these sim cards in Dubai and supplies them to the fraudsters. We have learnt that some Chinese gangs buy these sim cards to execute the online frauds,” Makadia told TOI.
Once these sim cards reach the Chinese gangs in Dubai they open different accounts on Telegram and start messaging people.
The victims are offered various schemes and promised attractive returns on their investments.
“The sim cards acquired from India are also used to open bank accounts that are used to transfer the money siphoned from the victims bank account. If we manage to detect the scam and trace the bank account, the investigation hits a dead end as the account is opened using bogus documents and the linked sim card is in name of some random person,” the police said.
Vadodara cybercrime sleuths arrested a man who had recently supplied 50 sim cards to a Pakistani woman in Dubai. The woman sold the cards to Chinese gangs that opened Telegram accounts using the sim cards. “Even if we trace the gangs, it is tough to pinpoint their location and take up the matter officially with the Interpol,” the police added.


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