Superintendent of Police Balaghat along with his team members while addressing journalists on Tuesday
Superintendent of Police Balaghat along with his team members while addressing journalists on Tuesday

Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh): Balaghat police on Tuesday busted a pan-India gang involved in cyber fraud, with the arrest of eight persons including four from Jharkhand.

The police have seized Rs 10 lakh, 300 mobile phones, 75 credit cards and sealed 30 bank accounts used by the accused. The police have identified nearly 700 operatives involved in the gang. The accused have confessed to have committed fraud worth Rs 20 crore so far.

The accused have been identified as Hukum Singh Bisen and Manoj Rana from Balaghat in Madhya Pradesh, Sushant Agrawal and Prasant Kumar from Ranchi in Jharkhand, Vikas alias Nitin Kumar Singh from Raulkela in Jharkhand, Sanjay Mehto from Devghar in Jharkhand, Shravan Kumar and Hari from Chhitoor in Andhra Pradesh.

The entire operation was conducted by Balaghat police in association with the union home ministry’s cyber safety wing FCORD and police forces of many states.

Balaghat Superintendent of Police Abhishek Tiwari said he had received inputs union home ministry that mobile phones were being frequently delivered in particular areas of Balaghat.

“My team worked on it and nabbed two persons who revealed about the gang. We later worked on the information provided by two and arrested six more persons including four from Jharkhand and two from Andhra Pradesh,” Tiwari told Free Press over phone.

He further said that gang has more than 700 operatives across the state. These operatives conducted transactions, which involved OTP fraud, credit card fraud, e-commerce fraud, fake IDs, fake mobile numbers, fake address, black marketing, money laundering etc.

Police sources said that more than 900 mobile phones were used by gang members besides 1,000 bank accounts, nearly 300 hundreds UPI (unified payment interface) IDs and e-commerce IDs.

“The gang members are active in nearly 18 states. We have shared information with concerning state police and they are working on it,” said a senior officer.

Modus operandi

Balaghat SP Abhishek Tiwari said the entire gang is divided into four teams. The first team was assigned responsibilities of committing banking frauds and transferring money in given bank accounts and credit cards.

The second team would purchase mobile phones or other goods through e-commerce websites using the money obtained through frauds.

The third team would provide addresses for delivery and receiving the purchased goods. They would later sell the goods in black market and would deposit the money in the accounts provided by team four.

The third team would use cash to deposit money in accounts of the fourth team, so that no one can track the transaction of fraud money. The fourth team would withdraw the money and deposit it in first team’s account.

Every team had their own share in a certain percentage. “They used bank accounts and credit cards of youths of different areas on the promises of giving a certain percentage on transactions,” Tiwari said.

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