Guwahati Scam: According to Guwahati Police, the operation was aimed at a member of a global gang of con artists who have been defrauding vulnerable Indians and foreign nationals by creating tech support pop-ups on personal computers.
The Guwahati Police successfully apprehended a substantial criminal network comprised of cyber fraudsters who engaged in fraudulent activities by assuming the identities of technical support personnel or customer service representatives in order to deceive individuals. Three individuals believed to be the orchestrators behind the operation of illicit call centers have been apprehended by the municipal law enforcement authorities. Additionally, a total of 191 individuals have been taken into custody for their alleged involvement in these unlawful activities. In addition, law enforcement authorities confiscated a total of 164 desktop computers, 90 laptops, 26 mobile phones, and various other electronic devices from multiple sites throughout the urban area.
The individuals who were apprehended and believed to be the orchestrators behind the incident have been identified as Debajyoti Dey, also known as David, aged 31, hailing from the Karimganj region of Assam. Additionally, Rajan Sidana, aged 39, from Ludhiana, Punjab, and Divyam Arora, aged 31, from Delhi, have also been implicated in the matter. On Thursday night, two individuals were captured in close proximity to Bhabanipur with the assistance of the Bajali district police subsequent to their escape from Guwahati via road transportation in a vehicle that had been rented.
According to the Guwahati Police, the operation was aimed at apprehending a faction of a global syndicate involved in fraudulent activities. This syndicate has been deceiving gullible individuals in India and abroad through the generation of tech support pop-ups on personal computers. Additionally, they employ tactics such as instilling a sense of urgency or fear by claiming that bank accounts have been compromised, computers are infected with viruses, personally identifiable information is at risk, or social media accounts have been hacked.
According to Diganta Borah, the Commissioner of Police in Guwahati, fraudsters tend to conduct their fraudulent activities predominantly during nighttime hours. Additionally, they strategically select unassuming structures as the base for their scam call centers, aiming to evade detection from both the general public and law enforcement authorities. This statement was made during a news conference held in Guwahati on Friday. The individuals apprehended in the aforementioned call centers during the enforcement actions have been identified as originating from several states, including Punjab, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, West Bengal, Assam, Meghalaya, Manipur, Nagaland, and Tripura.
“It has come to our attention that certain fraudulent call centers in Guwahati are operational. The aforementioned information was systematically developed, taking into account our strategic positioning and subsequent actions. We organized and deployed different teams to perform simultaneous raids in various locations, specifically targeting call centers where these cybercriminals were known to operate. A total of eight locations were subjected to raids, resulting in the apprehension of 191 individuals implicated in cybercriminal activities. Our team confiscated the electronic devices utilized in the perpetration of the cybercrime. We have successfully identified and dismantled eight call centers.” According to news source ANI, Diganta Borah reported that a group of individuals responsible for managing contact centers in Guwahati had been apprehended.
According to Commissioner Borah of Guwahati, the victims primarily engage in monetary transactions using Bitcoins or Gift Vouchers, which are afterward converted into Indian rupees with the assistance of International Hawala gangs. According to the individual, the funds utilized for operating the call centers in Guwahati and compensating the personnel are derived from external sources, and the disbursement is facilitated through Hawala networks.
The individual emphasized that these fraudulent call centers are effectively operating an illicit internet-based telecommunications network for conducting international calls, hence posing a significant national security risk.
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