Bhopal: FBI team share fraud racket probe docs with cyber police

The officials from Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) reached Madhya Pradesh Cyber Cell and shared the documents related to probe in the cyber fraud racket with the authorities.  MP police and FBI are jointly investigating recently busted international cyber fraud racket that allegedly duped Americans by posing as officials of US law enforcement agencies.

Two months back cyber cell sleuths had arrested seven youths aged between 19 years and 29 years, four of them from Bhopal, Betul and Vidisha districts of MP and three hailing from Ahmadabad (Gujarat). The accused were running fake call centre at a rented apartment at city’s Indrapuri area. Later the police arrested one more accused of the case.

The FBI official Suhel Daud reached the office and handed the documents related to the complaints filed by the US citizens and also the investigation conducted by them till date. The FBI agent said that agency will conduct joint investigation in cases of similar nature in future too.

The youngsters (aged between 19 and 29 years) who operated the call centre posed as officials of US law enforcement agencies, targeted loan defaulters in the US and duped them in the name of settling their loans with threats of criminal prosecution and arrest.

A team of MP Police’s cyber cops led by the investigating officer in the case, inspector Abhishek Sonekar and sub inspector Anuj Samadia had earlier met with FBI agents at the US Embassy in New Delhi and shared the details of the case. Though the number of duped US citizens might run into thousands, the FBI has agreed to help to locate the actual victims in the US and to ascertain the actual amount which they were made to pay into multiple accounts in the name of settling their outstanding loans.

The meeting was held in which the ADG Arun Mohan Rao additional general of police Rajesh Gupta, DIG Niranjan Vyangkar, SP Rajesh Singh Bhadoria and Jitendra Singh, AIG Sudeep Goyanka and Ahok Khalko, DSP Rashmi Kharya and inspector Abhishek Sonekar.

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