300 cheated by yet another fake call centre, eight held

NOIDA: Eight men were arrested from an office building in late on Tuesday evening for allegedly running a and a website that cheated over 300 unemployed youths to the tune of nearly Rs 50 lakh on the pretext of offering them in various reputed companies.
In the past two months, police have busted around 20 such fake call centres operating out of the city. The latest raid on the fake call centre in Sector 63 by a team of the Centre for Cyber Crime and Investigation (CCCI) and Phase III police station came on a tip-off.

Police said the gang would target youths from Bihar, Jharkhand and Madhya Pradesh, after stealing their data from a leading online job portal, . “They would extort money from their victims step-wise — from resume writing to registration on their portal Vintechjobs to setting fake telephonic interviews and finally e-mailing fake job offer letters,” CCCI inspector Zaheer Khan said. “They have already reaped profits of Rs 40-50 lakh by duping nearly 300 people,” he added.

The main accused has been identified as Santosh Kumar, originally from Kanpur.

It was Santosh, an arts graduate, who had started the fake call centre by taking the office space on rent in the building and hiring seven others to make calls to their targets, police said.

Circle Officer II Rajeev Singh said an Excel sheet was recovered from the centre that contained names and details of about 50-60 youths. “Their systems are also being analysed and we are receiving complaints, and an exact figure of the number of victims would be revealed in few days. But some 300 have been duped,” he said. “Data from shine has been stolen earlier too and it seems that there is a replication. The same people may be selling data to different entities,” Singh added.

Meanwhile, police said non-verification of tenants by property owners is the main reason for such fake call centres proliferating across Noida. “We are checking the profiles of the owner of the rented space and if any lapse is found, action will be taken,” Kumar said.

Download The Times of India for Latest .

- Enter your email address below to receive a concise daily summary of the latest news and analysts' ratings with our FREE daily email newsletter.