Beware of Calls From Unknown Numbers Urging You to Dial ‘*401#’: Delhi Police Busts Telegram Fraud Syndicate Linked to Chinese Nationals
In a recent development, the Delhi Police have successfully dismantled a Telegram fraud syndicate with connections to Chinese nationals. The syndicate was involved in robbing people through fraudulent activities on the popular messaging app. Four individuals have been apprehended in connection with the case, and the police have managed to trace a money trail exceeding Rs 60 lakh.
The arrest of the four suspects, namely Harish Kumar, Vipul Sharma, Shiv Pratap, and Om Prakhash, has shed light on the extent of the fraud operation. The police have recovered four mobile phones and identified 21 National Cyber Crime Reporting Portal (NCRP) complaints associated with the accused accounts.
The investigation was initiated after a complaint was filed by Ashish Kumar Tomer on August 13, 2023. Tomer alleged that he had been approached by fraudsters claiming to be from Career Builder Ltd. India, who offered him an opportunity to earn money by rating restaurants on Google. After completing the assigned tasks and receiving payment, Tomer was coerced into investing Rs. 1,000 with the promise of higher returns.
As the investigation progressed, it was discovered that the cheated amount had been credited to an ICICI Bank account belonging to Harish Kumar. The police conducted raids and gathered evidence from the possible hideouts of the accused individuals in Delhi and Uttar Pradesh.
Further interrogation led to the arrest of Vipul Sharma, who confessed to joining multiple Telegram groups to provide bank accounts to fraudsters. Sharma revealed that he had sold Harish Kumar’s bank account to Om Prakash, also known as Monu, who was an active member of the Telegram groups involved in the sale and purchase of bank accounts.
Om Prakash, in turn, disclosed that he was part of several Telegram groups associated with fraud accounts. He also revealed that Amit Kumar, who operates a significant syndicate providing fraudulent accounts, has connections with Chinese nationals operating the Telegram fraud syndicate from abroad.
The investigation into the fraud syndicate is ongoing as the police continue their efforts to uncover more details and potentially apprehend additional individuals involved in this elaborate scam.
It is crucial for the public to remain vigilant and cautious when receiving calls from unknown numbers, especially if they prompt you to dial unfamiliar codes or take part in suspicious activities.