Published On : Tue, Aug 1st, 2017

City’s Cyber Cell raids bogus call centre in Bhopal, busts job racket

Fake call center, Nagpur cyber cell raids in Bhopal
Nagpur: After busting the bogus call centre in Chandrapur, the Cyber Cell of Nagpur Police on Monday raided a fake call centre being run in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh and arrested two persons for duping unemployed youths of different states to the tune of lakhs of rupees on the pretext of providing them jobs. 20 young girls and eight other persons operating the bogus call centre have also been detained and are being interrogated. The two arrested key accused and their gang was running the call centre in MP Nagar locality of Bhopal on the lines of bogus Chandrapur call centre.

The arrested accused have been identified as Dharmendra Rathore (Muraina) and Priyesh Tiwari (Noida). The Cyber Cell conducted the raid with the help of Bhopal Crime Branch. The action was initiated on the basis of several complaints lodged at various police stations in Nagpur. During the raid, Dharmendra and Priyesh were nabbed by Nagpur Police and 2 laptops and 40 mobile phones were seized from the call centre whereas the employees found present there were also quizzed.

The key accused Dharmendra is director of call centre whereas Priyesh is working as group leader. They had created a website “Shine” and kept around 28 employees, including 20 girls and youths, at the call centre to randomly call the unemployed youths and lure them in name of helping them in getting good jobs. All the employees are students who are pursuing their graduation from different colleges and are doing part-time job here on Rs 5,000 salary per month. The modus operandi of the gang was such that firstly such unemployed youths were randomly contacted by the employees of call centre and in name of facilitating them good job they were asked to deposit Rs 1,950 as registration fee.

Those who fell in their trap were further handled by Dharmendra and Priyesh who dupe victims to the tune ranging from Rs 10,000 to Rs 1 lakh based on their desperation for anyhow getting good job. Mainly, they use to target persons outside Madhya Pradesh in order to avert from being arrested easily. The SIM cards used by the employees at call centre for calling their targets were purchased from roadside SIM vendors who used to sell these cards without KYC process. Such SIM card vendors would also be identified and action would be taken against them, police said.