Techies in Salt Lake dupe US, UK citizens

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KOLKATA: The CID has busted five fake BPOs operating out of five locations in Salt Lake’s sectors I and V and rounded up 15 people—some of them engineers—for cheating residents of the US, UK, Germany and Australia by taking their bank details on the pretext of debugging their computers. Nearly a crore has been conned out of the victims over the past two months.
The investigating agency swung into action following a complaint lodged by tech giant Microsoft, which had recently teamed up with Kolkata Police to crack down on fake call centres. Among those picked up, seven have so far been arrested. Aurobindo Pattanaik from New Town and Ankur Majumdar from Itagachha reportedly ran the gang, members of which were at least graduates, said police, adding the charges slapped were that of cheating and forgery.
“We raided the firms within hours of receiving a complaint on Tuesday. Some of the firms have around 25 employees, while the others have 60 each,” said Mitesh Jain, DIG (special), CID.
The fraudsters allegedly contacted foreign “clients”, offered monthly or weekly contracts to debug their computers at cheap rates and asked them to transfer money online. The accused sent their targets pop-ups. The screens reportedly blanked out when the victims clicked on the pop-ups. “The gang deliberately sold software that corrupted the victims’ computers and then charged a bomb to debug the system,” said an officer. The clients were told to pay in gift vouchers, which were redeemed in China,” said police.
The bust once again revealed how fraudsters have been taking refuge in the IT hub, working out of swanky offices. The Bidhannagar police had directed all BPOs there to submit a copy of their ministry of telecom licence as well as trade licence to continue IT operations in Salt Lake, New Town and Rajarhat.
“Most victims are from outside India. An FIR by them and their statements will strengthen the case,” said a CID officer. CID top brass claimed they had enough evidence.

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