Cyber Crime police arrest four conmen in Hyderabad

Police have advised the public not to believe in phone calls from unknown numbers on winning in lotteries or offering other expensive gifts or offers from strangers.

By Author  |  Published: 6th May 2017  10:51 pm
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Hyderabad: Four persons, who allegedly duped an Old City man of Rs 17 lakh on the pretext of delivering a Honda Amaze car which they said he had won in a lottery, were arrested by the Cyber Crime police here on Saturday.

According to police, the suspects Himanshu Sharma, Sumit Kumar, Jackson Paul and Mazhar Alam — all from New Delhi — had contacted the victim Aleemuddin of Falaknuma over phone stating that he had won the car and other gifts in a lottery.

They had also created a fake website, and contacted people selectively from a call centre set up by them in New Delhi. Several tele-callers were working at the call centre on a daily basis and luring victims to part with their money, police said.

The victims were asked to deposit money in bank accounts of State Bank of India, ICICI and HDFC, opened in the name of Crusebeen Enterprises Private Limited.

Aleemuddin, who got a call from one Vijay Chauhan, paid Rs 17 lakh over a period of time. “The payment was made through online transfer, Western Union Money Exchange and even Paytm,” said Inspector Cyber Crime, K V M Prasad.

Aleemuddin had paid the money towards processing fee, clearance from various government agencies and other charges. Realising that he was duped, the man approached the Cyber Crime wing of the city police, who registered a case and took up the investigation. Police zeroed in on the tower locations of the phone numbers from which the gang had contacted Aleemuddin.

After coming to know that the conmen were based in New Delhi, a police team left for the capital and caught them.