Indore: Crime branch on Friday registered a case against 31 more persons for duping people in the name of “helping them”. The accused are from 8 states and they target those who visit google search to get customer care numbers or contact details of concerned companies or banks.
DIG Harinarayanacahri Mishra said after receiving online fraud complaints from several people, the crime branch officials were instructed to investigate the case and to trace the accused. During the investigation, it was found that the conmen used to fraudulently put their contact numbers in the place of the numbers of helpline or customer care numbers.
Thus the surfers would hit these numbers and get “in touch” with the accused. The prospective “customers” would dial these numbers to get duped by the accused who posed as officials or customer care executive. The accused used to send a link through which they duped the people of lakhs of rupees.
THE FRAUD TEAM
So far, the crime branch received complaints from 7 persons named Maruti Nandan, Raveer Rajput, Khalid Qureshi, Avnish Pathak, Piyush Agrawal, Omprakash Jatav and Richa Singh. After the investigation on the complaints of the victims, the crime branch identified 31 fraudsters and registered a case against them under section 419, 420, 120-B of the IPC and 43, 66 of IT Act.
The accused are from Andhra Pradesh, Gurugram (Haryana), Mumbai, Kolkata, UP, Jharkhand, West Bengal, Thane (Maharashtra) and Jodhpur in Rajasthan. The accused are being searched.