September 17, 2020 4:46:11 am
Two individuals have been arrested for allegedly duping US-based residents by providing fake payday loans by way of a sham call centre which the duo was working utilizing a laptop computer and cell telephones perched on a scooter parked on the Sabarmati riverfront aspect.
According to the police, the accused duo, Riyaz Shaikh (30), a resident of Shah Alam in Ahmedabad and Swapnil Christian (22), a resident of Hatkeshwar highway in Ahmedabad, had been arrested by a patrolling group on September 14 round 11.15 pm on the Jamalpur aspect of Sabarmati riverfront.
The accused duo was discovered perched on their scooty utilizing a laptop computer and two cell telephones, allegedly concentrating on US-based residents by way of fake payday mortgage schemes. Payday mortgage system refers to lending small quantities of money, normally 700-900 US$ for a small variety of days with excessive rates of interest.
“A patrolling team found that the two accused were involved in suspicious activity on their scooty and upon probing further, it was found that they were duping US-based citizens. The modus operandi was to use ‘Text Now’ application to make international calls to US citizens and impersonate as a finance agent in front of customers,” stated a police officer at Sabarmati River Front East police station.
“The accused used to offer fake payday loan schemes and to avail the scheme, they asked the victims to purchase online gaming coupons as per their policy and asked them to reveal the coupon code. The accused then used to encash the coupon code online. We are further investigating how much money the accused have made targeting US citizens,” the officer added.
The accused have been booked beneath Indian Penal Code Sections 420 for fraud and 406 for prison breach of belief.
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