Bhopal: Expanding business abroad costs Bhopal man Rs 1crore

BHOPAL: Cyber crime unit of Bhopal has cracked an international online fraud racket linked to Pakistan. Police have arrested four persons, including a Chartered Accountant and a woman in connection with the cyber fraud. One Chinese national is also under the scanner. A simple phone call regarding expanding spices business to the USA, led to the Rs 1 crore fraud in Bhopal. The cyber crooks had carried out total transactions of Rs 30 crore through five bank accounts and the entire money was converted into crypto currency and routed to Pakistan.

The ADG Cyber Yogesh Choudhary, addressing a press conference on Tuesday here, said that cyber crooks are evolving new methods to dupe people. Sharing details of the gangís modus operandi, the ADG said that a businessman received a call from a woman who, during chatting, advised the man to expand his business in the USA. The woman even shared some firms' website links saying that they would help him in business expansion.

The ADG said that the websites suggested by the woman were genuine but the links she shared were of fake companies.

The businessmen started trading with the firms and within a month he carried out business worth Rs 1 crore. The man earned good profit in the business. All the accounts were in the digital form and when the businessman tried to withdraw money, he failed. Unable to get a single penny in return, the man approached Bhopal cyber cell and lodged a complaint.

When the police started to trail links of the accounts, it came to fore that the money was converted into the crypto currency and the entire amount was routed to Pakistan. The fraudsters were using the non-network registered WhatsApp numbers, and during investigation the number was found to be used by someone in Pakistan.

The police also found that the five accounts were opened in private banks within a two month period and transactions of over Rs 30 crore were carried out. The police went ahead with the freezing of the accounts.

CA web designer among four held

Police have arrested a web page designer Avic Kedia, a Chartered Accountant from Gurgaon on June 30. The CA had created fake web pages and registered them in Gurgaon and other places.

Tracing the Gmail account links, police had arrested Dilip Patel from Rajkot Gujarat. Dilip had made the transactions of Rs 2 crore from his account. The police have also arrested Dolly Makhija and her cousin Vikkey Makhija, the duo had cheated the businessman by forwarding him fake website links and bank accounts details. One Chinese national is also under lens. The CA had developed a website for the Chinese man and Bhopal police are tracing if some Indian money was also routed to China as well.

Police announce reward on info of two absconders

The names of two others Vijay Haryani and Vijay Chutlani Rajkot have also come to fore, however, both are absconding. The police have announced a reward of Rs 10,000 for information on the whereabouts of the duo. They are wanted in various cheating cases.

Bhopal, Indore businessmen duped

The ADG said that the cyber crooks using the same modus operandi cheated two more businessmen. The cases were reported in Bhopal and in Indore zones. One of the businessmen was duped of Rs 45 lakh and the other one of Rs 25 lakh.

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