Assam: State Police bust call centre duping people in US, 37 held

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Guwahati (Assam), May 21 : State on police Tuesday busted a call centre racket and arrested 37 persons, for allegedly duping a large number of people in the US.

According to police A database of around seven lakh American citizens was seized from the office of Avenir call centre, which was operating from a rented house in here , illegally earning a revenue of over Rs 50 lakh per month.

The cash collected from the US nationals after duping them come through a “hawala network” from American to Guwahati with the help of brokers based in the two countries, Assam Additional Director General of Police (CID) L R Bishnoi said.

Last night, around 40 CID officials raided the complex and picked up 37 persons, including the kingpin of the illegal network .

Those arrested are from Assam, Meghalaya, Tripura, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Gujarat, Nagaland and Delhi.

The call centre, which was operating since February this year, duped the people claming to be working from America on behalf of the US government.

“It works as per American timings and opens at 8.30 pm every day. They call blast around 60,000 people daily by sending group messages, containing a phrase like ‘we are calling from Social Security Administration.’ Then they scare people by saying that their SSN is found to be involved in some illegal activities,” ADGP (CID) , Bishnoi said.

Finally ,the calls land in Guwahati through an IP network and the call centre starts black mailing the people by stating that they had violated laws. They are then thratned to deposit some money depending upon the nature of the ‘crime’ narrated to them.

The call centre is owned by one Rajesh Khan , who has been nabbed by the CID sleuths.

The kingpin confessed that the entire money is transacted through hawala network. and done online and no physical contact is needed.

The accused, along with two of his accomplices used to hire the youths by advertising in newspapers and were paid Rs 20,000 salary every month, along with accommodation, food and transportation.

Police seized 40 workstations, 32 mobile handsets, one laptop, pen drives and huge quantities of documents.

(With PTI inputs)

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