The Methodology of FedEx Scammers Coordinated Digital Arrests and Were Detained by the Uttarakhand STF

The Methodology of FedEx Scammers

The Methodology of FedEx Scammers Coordinated Digital Arrests and Were Detained by the Uttarakhand STF

With an initial digital arrest, the Uttarakhand STF has busted a crew of FedEx scammers, making history.  An unsuspecting victim was extorted by fraudsters who were impersonating crime branch officers. The extortion totaled over Rs 1 crore.

In the state’s inaugural “digital arrest” case, the Uttarakhand Police’s Special Task Force (STF) has successfully disrupted a cyber fraud organization that operates out of Rajasthan. Allegedly, a senior citizen from Dehradun was defrauded of Rs 1 crore by the gang, which was composed of three detained members.

Method of Operation of the Scam

The victim was the recipient of a succession of phone calls from scammers who claimed to be from the Mumbai Crime Branch and the FedEx Courier Company, according to the police. The fraudsters concocted a narrative regarding the seizure of unlawful passports and credit cards in the victim’s name by Mumbai Customs.

They fraudulently accused the victim of money laundering, drug smuggling, and identity concealment through a Skype video call in which they impersonated police officers. The victim received fabricated notices that purported to indicate that Rs 38 million in unlawful transactions had been made in their accounts.

The victim was compelled to transmit “clearance money” to fictitious officers, which resulted in scarring from the threats and fabricated legal proceedings. The victim was subsequently subjected to 24-hour audio-video surveillance through Skype by the perpetrators, thereby effectively placing him under a “digital arrest.” Ultimately, the victim transferred more than Rs 1.13 crore to the fraudsters’ accounts as a result of this psychological manipulation.

Arrests and Investigations

A team was established by the STF under the leadership of Deputy Superintendent of Police Ankush Mishra after taking immediate action. The gang’s operations were demonstrated by the team’s investigation to be based in Kota, Rajasthan.

The police seized mobile phones, SIM cards, and Aadhaar cards from the possession of the three accused – Rakesh (30), Deepak Lakshkar (26), and Asif Ali (27) – through their tireless efforts.

Public Awareness and Interstate Network

The gang targeted victims nationwide, posing as law enforcement officials and accusing them of drug smuggling and money laundering, as the investigation further revealed. At present, the STF is conducting an investigation into potential connections to a comparable case that was lodged at the Dwarka Cyber Police Station in Delhi.

Ayush Aggarwal, the Senior Superintendent of Police at STF Uttarakhand, has issued a public advisory:

  • Be wary of unsolicited contacts and online offers that promise immediate financial gain.
  • Before engaging with unknown entities, independently verify all information.
  • It is advisable to refrain from conducting searches for customer service numbers on search engines.
  • Please notify the closest police station or cyber crime police station of any suspicious activity.
  • Please contact the helpline at 1930 immediately to report financial cybercrime.

This historic digital apprehension serves as a reminder of the critical importance of public awareness and vigilance in the face of the escalating sophistication of cyber criminals. The STF and Cyber Crime Unit of Uttarakhand have established a precedent in the fight against cyber fraud, thereby illustrating their dedication to safeguarding citizens from digital deception.

The significance of maintaining a state of alertness and the ever-changing strategies of cybercriminals is underscored by this case. Citizens can assist in the prevention of cyber fraud by adhering to these safety protocols and reporting any suspicious activity.

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About The Author:

Yogesh Naager is a content marketer who specializes in the cybersecurity and B2B space.  Besides writing for the News4Hackers blog, he’s also written for brands including CollegeDunia, Utsav Fashion, and NASSCOM.  Naager entered the field of content in an unusual way.  He began his career as an insurance sales executive, where he developed an interest in simplifying difficult concepts.  He also combines this interest with a love of narrative, which makes him a good writer in the cybersecurity field.  In the bottom line, he frequently writes for Craw Security.


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