Delhi Police has arrested three people in connection with a fraud, where over 30,000 people were made to believe that they were being offered work-from-home jobs and were duped of Rs 200 crore in total.
After the arrests, police revealed that the website server used by the scammers was traced to China and financial transactions to companies based in Dubai.
How scammers duped the complainant
The cops pursued the case after receiving a woman’s complaint on September 26 last year.
The woman, a Rohini resident, saw an advertisement on Instagram offering her Rs 15,000 a day for working from home and registered herself, Times Of India reported.
After the woman came on board, she was told by the scammers that her work entailed growing sales for a particular online store.
While the screen of the work website showed money being collected in the woman’s wallet, her employers also directed her to buy some online products at discounted prices.
After spending a sum of Rs 1.2 lakh, the woman learned that she was not receiving any money purportedly accruing to her account.
Telegram, WhatsApp IDs used by scammers based abroad
Following her complaint, the police filed a case on November 20 at the cyber police station in the Outer North district. During the probe, a team was constituted under the supervision of ACP Yashpal Singh.
The team found that the Telegram ID used by the scammers was being operated from Beijing, China, and the WhatsApp number too was operational abroad.
Police contacted the banks to analyse the financial details and found that the money from the victim was deposited in a shell firm’s account.
It was also discovered that the average transactions in that account totalled Rs 5.2 crore daily. Based on the probe, three people were taken into custody, including a former deputy manager of Paytm, who was assisting the accused regarding financial transactions.
Main accused operated from Georgia
The police have said that the main accused in the case is based in Georgia. They also revealed the gang has links in Chandigarh, Mumbai, Haryana, Delhi and Punjab.
Devesh Mahla, DCP (Outer North), said, “The arrested men are Abhishek Garg, 40, Satish Yadav, 36, and Sandeep Mahla, 32. We have identified the main accused and he is in Georgia. So far, according to the money trail and statements made by victims, we feel around 30,000 people have been conned, with the money involved running into over Rs 200 crore. Our investigation is at a preliminary stage. More arrests and details will emerge in due course.”
Yadav and Garg were arrested on January 21, while Sandeep Mahla was held on January 23. As per reports, Garg was responsible for providing technical support to the prime accused in Georgia, with whom he has been in touch for a decade.
Yadav, a Delhi resident, is a Delhi University graduate who has worked with several companies, including a mobile services firm. His role was to link the mobile phone of the main accused through a mirroring app to enable access to OTPs. Yadav was responsible for siphoning off the money abroad through e-wallets.