Dehradun, Uttarakhand, India, Sept, 2017 -- Uttarakhand Police has busted a racket that used to swindle money from unemployed youth from far-off states like Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra on the pretext of providing jobs. It comes barely two weeks after police unearthed an inter-state kidney ring operating from a hospital on the outskirts of the state capital.
Uttarakhand Police’s Special Task Force (STF) arrested three people from Dehradun for running an illegal call centre from a rented shop at a place between Indrapur and Badripur Road on the city outskirts.
Like the kidney racket, the ring’s modus operandi, too, was to reach out to jobless individuals from faraway places to minimise the chances of being traced out.
The STF acted on a complaint from a woman victim from Chennai. Youngsters from Mumbai and some towns in Uttar Pradesh are also said to have been deceived by the racket, showed preliminary investigation.
The racket’s mastermind Deepak Paridar, who hails from Madhya Pradesh, confessed to have been running the racket for about two years now and having swindled ?40-50 lakh in the name of fee from the victims.
"They used to target unsuspecting youngsters from other states by hacking into resume uploaded by them on job search portals. Names of youngsters from Uttarakhand were filtered out from their list as a precaution," said Ridhim Aggarwal, senior superintendent of police of the STF.
The gang had also hired female staff for making calls to youngsters to make the whole thing sound "genuine", the officer said.
The exact number of victims is unclear yet, but police suspect that the number may run into hundreds and the amount swindled over the past two years may touch up to 1 crore.
Main accused Paridar told police that they had deceived hundreds of youngsters. "We used to identify people from faraway states to avoid being traced. After making contact, we used to charge 1,900 from every candidate for registration, then 5,600 following the verification process and later 10,000 for opening an account with us," Paridar said.
The accused used fake identity documents for opening bank accounts and buying SIM cards, police said, adding that after receiving the amount, they used to cut off all contact with the victims.
"They are very shrewd and used to change SIM cards and locations frequently to avoid being traced out. We will now work to establish the exact number of victims," senior superintendent of police Aggarwal said.
Besides the gang’s mastermind, the other two accused nabbed by the STF are Aadesh Singh and Pankaj Kapoor, both hail from Dehradun. The team also seized a laptop, printer, seven mobile phones, 10 SIM cards, details hacked from a job portal and a list of numbers on which calls had been made.
Posted by Veronica Silva Cusi, news correspondent
Date Posted: Thursday, September 28, 2017
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