PUNE POLICE CYBER TEAM ALONG WITH ARRESTED ACCUSE.
SUDHIR HIREMATH IPS
Pune 07 Feb 2017 (PCP NEWS) : Pune police from Cyber Unit today burst a Fake American Revenue and Bank Officers Call center in the High Profile area of Koregaon Park and arrested 3 persons who were operating this call center said DCP Cyber Sudhir Hiremath IPS, here this evening.
Hiremath while speaking with PCP News further added that Since long time these accuse were cheating American Citizens and targeting them in tax scams. Police have managed to uncover a huge tax scam where a large number of Americans were duped of millions of dollars by people posing as tax authorities and asking for the payment of unpaid taxes. Arrested Three were identified as Shivak Pritamda Ladhani of 29 from Dhanori Pune, Pratik Subhashchandra Panchal of 30 and Sheral Satishbhai Thakar of 33 both from Koregaon Park have been arrested with a Laptop, Computers, Hard Disk, many Mobiles and Head Phones with all relevant documents as of Thursday, in connection with the fraud, besides this 4 more accuse said Hiremath.
Hiremath also added that “They would make threatening calls to honest taxpayers in the U.S. and ask them to deposit money through pre-paid cards,”The scam ran for almost a year, the Indian police told the Associated Press (AP). Fake call centers were used to voice mail messages to U.S. nationals, telling them to call back regarding the back taxes they owed. When any of these people did call back, the scammers would manage to take out thousands of dollars from them to “Settle” the tax cases. “We are questioning those who were involved in the fraud, including those posing as tax investigators, till date 11125 Americans are cheated, said Hiremath.
Hiremath also mentioned that as per reported, the scam involved collaborators based out of the United States as well. At least one company in the U.S. reportedly supplied the Data of U S Citizens to this call centers with personal information of those targeted by the scam. Before 31 Dec 2017, they had offered “PAYDAY BACK LOAN” which was never disbursed to the applicant by charging 500 to 1000 dollars as processing fee. Almost 90 percent of the money made stayed in India, while the remaining was shared with those based outside the country. The criminal charges filed against those involved include extortion, impersonation and violations of the country’s information technology laws, said Hiremath.
Hiremath said that in 2016, Thane police had also arrested many peoples after a raid on Fake call center in which the modes is found to be similar, we had communicated the same to Thane police, and trying to nab the four accused who are absconding. On the Guidelines of Add C P Pradeep Deshpande and myself, the efforts taken by our team headed by Senior Police Inspector Gajanan Pawar, Api Sagar Panmand, Constable Aslam Attar, Ajit Kurhe, Prasad Potdar, Santosh Jadhav and Nilesh Shelar, resulted fruitful said the DCP. PCP/SDJ 17 30