Gurgaon: 38 detained for extorting money under the guise of loan collection

Gurgaon police on Saturday dismantled a fake call center and arrested 38 people for allegedly extorting money from borrowers by threatening to send their transformed photos and videos to friends and relatives under the guise of recovering the Amount of the loan. The police recovered Rs 1.7 lakh in cash, 27 laptops and 44 mobile phones in their possession.

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According to the police, the cybercrime police station responsible for Bijender Singh was informed that a call center, engaged in fraudulent activities, was operating from a plot in Udyog Vihar, following which a team led by cybercrime ACP Indiwar raided the scene.

Police said the accused was hired for loan collection by some local and foreign companies that offer small loans online. The defendants, including 29 men and nine women, targeted people who had taken out loans. The owners of the call center have been identified as Abhinav from Jhajjar and Shantanu Kaushik from Delhi. Police said they could not produce valid documents and licenses to run the call center.

Two accomplices, Manish Kumar and Pradeep Kumar, had obtained a database of loan identities and people’s phone numbers, and had hacked into their phones to obtain their photos and personal information, and had provided them to the employees. from the call center, police said.

Preet Pal, ACP crime, said the police had received several complaints, following which an investigation had been carried out.

“The modus operandi was to call people under the guise of loan collection and blackmail them into repaying their loans or the defendant threatened to send processed private photos and videos of the victims to their family members and to their relatives through WhatsApp to extort money, and pressured them to send money through UPI. Some were targeted even after the loan amount was paid. The call center workers were receiving 25% commission, and the rest was collected by Manish and Pradeep,” ACP said.

Police say an FIR has been registered under IPC sections 384, 420, 465, 469, 499, 500, 507, 509, 120-B and 66, 66-B, 67 and 67(A) of the computer law at cybercrime police station.

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