Fake loan Call Centers busted,60 held

Hyderabad, March 25 : The CCS police raided two illegal loan service call centers and apprehended two main accused, six team leaders and 54 tele-callers, who were running illegal loan call centers in the name of Elite Connect Care Pvt. Ltd., at Panjagutta and Banjara Hills by contacting the gullible public in the name of providing loans at low interest and collecting their debit card details, including OTP numbers and fraudulently transferring amounts from their bank accounts without their knowledge and cheating them.
The police seized a cash of Rs 80,000, two laptops, a Router, 34 wireless telephones, 42 mobile phones, 21 SIM cards, 60 long notebooks and freezed bank account of the accused containing Rs 6 lakh. Following a complaint from a victim regarding receiving phone call in the name of providing loan from Mahindra Finance at low interest and offered to provide Rs 5 lakh loan and obtained his Canara Bank account details, including OTP number and fraudulently transferred Rs 32,000 from his bank account through PayU Just Dial e-commerce merchant and cheated him, the police registered a case and investigated into.
The arrested persons identified as Asha Kumari Amaraneni, 38, of Nizampet, (Manager), Rangaswamy Gopi, 27, of Banjara Hills, (Manager), Janumpally Bhoopal Reddy, 22, of Chanda Nagar (Team Leader), Beloori Sai Ram, 22, of Karkhana, Secunderabad, Gorre. Naresh Yadav, 21, of Karmanghat, Mahajabeen khan, 22, of Somajiguda, Vijaya Laxmi, 21, of Ameerpet, Rachamalla Apoorva, 25, of Shamshabad.
Police said the accused were running two call centers in the name of Elite Connect Care Pvt. Ltd at Panjagutta and Banjara Hills with Asha Kumari and Rangaswamy Gopi as Managers and recruited 60 members as tele-callers and other staff. The main accused used to provide Data containing contact numbers of general public to be contacted or sometimes the Managers would contact the general public randomly. They would contact the public by informing them that they are calling from Mahindra Finance and they will provide personal loans up to Rs 10 lakh at low interest of 6.5% per annum. The interested customers were asked to send copies of their Aadhar card and PAN Card for sanctioning loan. Later they would inform customers that the loan was sanctioned and will inform them to deposit two months EMI amount in their bank accounts as security deposit.
In the guise of transferring two months EMI amount from the savings account to loan ledger for about 24 hours period only, they will collect the debit card number, cvv number, expiry date including OTP number from the customer. After collecting the debit card details of the customers, they will transfer the two months EMI amount from the bank account of the customers to Just Dial PayU e-commerce merchant and from there the amount will be transferred to bank accounts of the main accused, who will withdraw money from his bank account. In this manner, the cheats obtained debit card details and OTP numbers from over 600 “customers” and cheated them to a tune of Rs 25 crore in Telangana and other States. Some other accused are at large and efforts were being made to apprehend them.
The case under the supervision of KCS Raghu Vir, Addl. Dy. Commissioner of Police, Cyber Crime PS, Hyderabad.

(NSS)

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