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Cyber-criminal gang procures massive consumer data, defrauds online shoppers off INR 200 crore


The Special Task Force of Uttar Police police confirmed March 31 after capturing a cyber-criminal gang's chief operator that the gang had garnered a total of 14 lakh people's data that it used for illegally making the consumers unknowingly part with INR 200 crore in an Internet scam during a specified time-span.


According to police, a Bhabua district (Bihar) native Nandan Rao Patel who resided in an Amrapali Sapphire Society flat within Noida, Sector 45 was taken into police custody, March 30, because he had managed collecting the said data pertaining to consumers of prominent Internet shopping businesses which he then sold to spurious call centres. The Special Task Force (STF) of Noida field wing completed the arrest of Patel.


Additional Superintendent of Police, Vishal Vikram of U.P STF stated the criminals over time fooled unwitting people into giving up cash from their credit and debit card accounts, after procuring the victims' card details.


ASP Vikram said an ongoing investigation would determine what way the fraudsters acquired false address proofs of real accounts. There would also be an investigation into certain bank officials' involvement in the incident. Both Patel's laptop and e-mail were found containing data belonging to nearly 14 lakh consumers that aided in the theft of some INR 200 crore.


Mr. Vikram further said that during persistent interrogation of Patel the accused revealed that he for long took agents' help who were associated with online marketing websites as well as hackers' assistance for getting the data of consumers via a payment of INR 2-3 for each consumer. This data Patel subsequently traded to individuals who operated spurious call centres inside Delhi and the National Capital Region.


Also, for luring victims, the gang offered non-existent lotteries along with costly gifts attached to the latest purchases the victims conducted. They (victims) were additionally asked for paying a registration fee so they could claim the gifts. The victims were further duped into divulging their payment card and bank A/C information which the gang utilized for making money-transfers to Paytm, PayU, Mobikwik and Olacabs as well as bank A/Cs, ASP Vikram elaborated. www.millenniumpost.in posted this, March 31, 2019.


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