Ludhiana Police made a significant breakthrough on Thursday as they successfully busted a fake call centre operating from Chandan Towers on Pakhowal road in Ludhiana. The call centre was allegedly involved in duping residents living in the US and UK by impersonating government officials. A total of 27 individuals were arrested in connection with the scam, including five foreign nationals from African countries.
The fraudulent operation came to light when several victims reported being targeted by callers who claimed to be government officials from the US and UK. The scammers would intimidate the victims, threatening them with heavy penalties if they did not comply with their demands for money.
According to Ludhiana city police commissioner Rakesh Agrawal, investigations revealed that the call centre’s employees used internet-based calling applications to contact UK or US-based citizens. The callers would then pose as officials from Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs in the United Kingdom. Their sophisticated modus operandi allowed them to deceive many unsuspecting victims.
Out of the 27 arrested individuals, five were foreign nationals from African countries. The suspects were identified as M Rediz from Uganda, Peter Richard from Tanzania, Mezdi from Uganda, Candy from Nairobi, and Kelvin from Harare. The remaining arrests included four individuals from Delhi and the rest from Ludhiana.
During the raid on the call centre, the police seized significant evidence, including Rs 14.5 lakh in ‘hawala money,’ 22 desktop systems, and 31 mobile phones. The recovery of such a substantial amount of money suggests that the operation was a well-organized and financially lucrative scam.
Among the main perpetrators behind the fake call centre were Lakhan Abrol, Yatin, Cain Masih, and Titus. They were allegedly running the operation from a property owned by a certain Somal Sood. It is suspected that the arrested individuals were part of a larger criminal network involved in defrauding people through similar schemes.
The arrest of the foreign nationals highlights the international nature of the operation and raises concerns about the involvement of transnational criminal networks in such scams. Authorities are likely to investigate further to determine the extent of the network’s reach and identify any potential accomplices in other countries.
Addressing the press in a conference, Commissioner Rakesh Agrawal emphasized the severity of the crimes committed by the suspects. He urged the public to be cautious and vigilant, especially when receiving calls from unknown numbers or unfamiliar government agencies. The case serves as a reminder for people to remain cautious and verify the authenticity of any claims made over the phone, especially if they involve financial transactions.
The Ludhiana Police deserve commendation for their swift action in apprehending the suspects and dismantling the fraudulent call centre. By disrupting such criminal operations, they have protected innocent citizens from falling victim to these scams and sending their hard-earned money into the hands of criminals.
The busting of the fake call centre in Ludhiana has been a significant achievement for law enforcement. It is a testament to the dedication and commitment of the police force in protecting citizens from fraud and deception. The case also underscores the need for continuous public awareness campaigns to educate people about potential scams and prevent them from falling prey to such criminal activities.