Delhi police have busted a cyber scam gang and arrested two people for allegedly tricking people using fake websites and stealing credit card details.
According to Delhi Police, a complaint was received at Cyber Police Station, Northern District from Subash Chandra Jha (45), a resident of Burari, Delhi, that Rs 1,94,480 was deducted from his bank credit card HDFC. Police registered a case on July 21 under IPC Section 420.
During the investigation, Delhi police discovered that the money had been transferred to a property search app and a retail chain.
Following the technical analysis of the call details and following up on the money transaction, it was found that the suspects kept changing locations in Delhi NCR. During the investigation, the defendants were found to be using fake bank websites to search for credit card details.
Delhi police said the defendants were also using a logistics services app for the delivery of cellphones.
After investigation, the police apprehended a suspect, namely Atul Sharma (28), a resident of Hisar Haryana, on August 9, as he was going to sell two new high-end smartphones in Karol Bagh district, in the national capital.
Police recovered cell phones, SIM cards, a laptop and a car believed to have been used for the offense in Sharma’s possession.
Delhi police have identified an apartment in the Moti Nagar area which was allegedly used to call the victims. Subsequently, call center callers, namely Komal, Chandni and Zainab, were invited to join the investigation. Another co-accused, namely Pradeep, was also apprehended.
Atul Sharma revealed to Delhi police that he and his partner Shiv, who is on the run, created a fake American Express Bank website. A link of the fake website was sent to the victim to upload his old credit card details on the website. Along with the website link, a hidden malicious APK file was also sent to the victim’s mobile phone. The APK file is automatically downloaded to the victim’s phone after clicking the link on the website.
The victim’s existing credit card details, which he filled on the website and received by OTP in the text message, became visible to the accused on the admin panel of the website. From the card and OTP details, credit card transactions were made to various online platforms and the money was then transferred under fake UPI IDs. Credit card payment was also used to buy expensive smartphones, Delhi police said.
Police say American Express Bank’s toll-free number was also purchased from an app and calls were made to victims for a new American Express credit card to be created. The existing credit card details were needed to link to the new credit card and victims of credit card users from different banks were targeted. Calls were made by pagers from the Bank’s registered toll-free number to gain the trust of credit card users.
Police recovered 19 cell phones, two New Packed cell phones, two laptops, two SIM boxes, 78 SIM cards, seven fake Aadhar cards, four credit and debit cards and a car used to commit the crime.
Further investigation is underway.
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