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Police busts call centre duping Northeast Indians in Delhi; 20 arrested

NEW DELHI: As many as 20 frauds who had cheated Northeast Indian people through
“online shopping/fraud foreign gifts” extortion were arrested in Rohini, New Delhi, today.

Kuldeep Shekhawat, Cyber Crime lead of Rohini in Delhi along with his team and cyber expert Gaurav Vats (the IT cell in charge of NGO ‘Helping Hands‘) raided a fake call center in Sector 6 of Rohini where the criminals were running the racket. According to officials, the call center was operating with around 20 people who were conning innocent people across the country, with a large chunk of the victims being from Northeast Indian states.

“The modus operandi of this call center was to give lucrative schemes — such as offering expensive Mi phones at just Rs. 4,500 — with the ‘cash on delivery’ option. To show the deal as ‘authentic’, they used India Post as their logistics service provider and sent local-made wallets or belts instead of the gadget,” said an official.

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When the customer tried to re-connect with them, they blocked the contacts and stopped responding.
All the accused persons have been arrested and will be presented in court tomorrow.

This is probably the largest criminal ring that has been busted for cheating Northeast Indian people online in Delhi.

After this crackdown, IPS officer Robin Hibu, the founder of ‘Helping Hands’, has urged people from the Northeast to be “careful” and not to “accept any gifts from foreigners through social media, not to accept any good looking girls’ and boys’ friend requests in social media, and avoid indulging in naked video conversations with unknown good looking females or males to avoid being blackmailed.”

“Many NE youth are victims of such blackmailing and have paid lakhs of rupees to avoid their naked videos being uploaded on social media. Hope these recent arrests by Delhi Police will open their slumbering misdemeanors with unknown sugar-coated internet frauds,” said Hibu.

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