Haryana Discovers ₹100 Crores Cyber Fraud, 66 People Arrested

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166 bogus Aadhaar cards, 5 PAN cards, 128 ATM cards, 66 mobile phones, 99 SIM cards, 5 POS machines, and 3 computers were among the items seized throughout the raids, according to the authorities.

Chandigarh: Haryana Police has discovered pan-Indian cyber crimes of ₹100 Crores following coordinated operations on cybercriminals in Nuh district, officials said Wednesday.

These scammers have targeted individuals from all around the nation, notably Haryana, Delhi, and Uttar Pradesh.  Approximately 28,000 cases of cyber fraud have been located nationwide as a result of their charges, according to Superintendent of Police (Nuh) Varun Singla.

Roughly 125 alleged hackers were seized during the simultaneous raids conducted by 102 squads of 5,000 police officers in 14 villages in the area on the nights of April 27 and 28.  The authorities claimed that 66 of the suspects were found and detained.

166 bogus Aadhaar cards, 5 PAN cards, 128 ATM cards, 66 mobile phones, 99 SIM cards, 5 POS machines, and 3 computers were among the items seized throughout the raids, according to the authorities.

With the aid of computer professionals, the captured crooks were interrogated.  According to a police report, the mobile phones and SIM cards that were recovered during the investigation were also technically examined, and relevant information was also requested from banks, Facebook, WhatsApp, the National Payments Corporation of India, UPI intermediary companies, UIDAI, and the Department of Telecommunications.

Moreover, the Indian Cyber Crime Coordination Center of the Union Ministry of Home Affairs was also enlisted to help establish connections between the countrywide complaints about cybercrime and bogus bank accounts, SIM cards, mobile phones, and other devices utilized by these con artists.

“Throughout the investigation, it was found that the malicious actors have so far stolen more than 100 crores from 28,000 victims nationwide across 35 states and union territories,” Singla added.

Across the nation, 1,346 FIRs have already been lodged against these cybercriminals.  According to him, higher police departments in these nations are receiving information on these offenders so they can take measures against them.

According to him, the inquiry also turned up details about 219 both public and private banking accounts and 140 UPI profiles that were being utilized to engage in cybercrimes.

According to the Police official, the major way that these banking accounts were discovered to be activated online was by tricking individuals into thinking they had been offered a job and then using their Aadhaar Card, PAN card, and mobile number to complete an online KYC.

Additionally, 347 SIM cards triggered from telecom-providing loops in Haryana, West Bengal, Assam, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Odisha, Madhya Pradesh, Delhi, Tamil Nadu, Punjab, North East, Andhra Pradesh, and Karnataka that were being utilized by the aforementioned scammers for online crime have also been found.

According to him, the research revealed that Bharatpur, a district in Rajasthan, was primarily responsible for the bogus SIM cards and bank accounts.

According to Singla, 250 fugitive cybercriminals who were co-accused with the fraudsters captured in 16 cases reported in the Nuh district have also been recognized.  Of these, 20 are from Rajasthan, 19 are from Uttar Pradesh, and 211 are from Haryana.

The cybercriminals, who range in age from 18 to 35, have admitted that they often operated in teams of three to four, he claimed.  For cash withdrawals, the cybercriminals primarily used Common Service Centers.  However, some also took advantage of ATMs placed around various communities.

According to Singla, these con artists used to entice their victims with alluring offers of sales on goods like bikes, vehicles, mobile phones, and other items by placing adverts on Facebook or OLX.

The naive victim contacted the scammer on the provided mobile number, and the con artist defrauded the victim under the guise of courier fees, package transportation, etc., but the ordered item was never delivered, he said.

These con artists also used to create ads on social media sites providing work-from-home jobs, primarily linked to packaging pencils, offering an income of ₹30,000 per month while defrauding individuals under the guise of registration fees, packing materials, courier fees, etc.

According to Singla, the cybercriminals were also deceiving targets through sextortion by fabricating false identities on social media sites and enticing them to join video calls during which they made screen captures of the victims in vulnerable postures before demanding sizable sums of money from them.

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