New Delhi, July 16 (IANS): A gang of high-tech cyber crooks who used to deceive people under the guise of redeeming credit card points or increasing credit card limit have been busted by the National Capital Police with the arrest of four people, an official said on Saturday.
The defendants, identified as Pulkit Malik (23), Rahul Verma (22), Avinash Kumar (37) and Jitender Sharma (28), were arrested while three women, who used to spend fraudulent calls, were apprehended in the case.
For further details, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Rohini) Pranav Tayal said that a complaint was received at Cyber Police Station, Rohini regarding cheating on the pretext of exchanging SBI credit card points. The complainant said that on May 13, he received a call on his cell phone and a woman assured him that she was calling from SBI’s credit card department. Afterwards, she sent a link on the complainant’s WhatsApp and asked to install the application. “The plaintiff installed the said app using the same link and app name given as SBI and it also shows the logo of SBI. As the plaintiff followed the instructions given by the appellant, Rs 28,826 was deducted of the plaintiff’s credit card,” the PCD said.
Accordingly, based on the said complaint and preliminary investigation, the police registered an FIR under Section 420 (Cheating) of the Indian Penal Code and started investigating the matter.
During the investigation, the CDR and IMEI lookup of the alleged number was analyzed and it was revealed that the alleged persons are based in Mahavir Nagar, Delhi. Subsequently, with the help of local intelligence services, a reconnaissance of the alleged suspect was also carried out. On July 12, the police raided and the first accused Pulkit Malik was arrested.
“He revealed that he ran a call center from his home with the help of three girls who made scam calls.
Then a search was conducted at his home and the said three women were apprehended,” the official said.
On further questioning, the accused revealed that to convince the gullible people, they used to send the link of the SBI bank scam app and when the client installed it, the accused obtained access to the messages (OTP) of the client’s mobile. call. At the request of the accused Pulkit, Rahul and Avinash were also arrested. They provided the defendants with the fake SIM cards that were used to make the fraudulent calls to the victims, the official said.