With the arrest of six individuals, the Cyber Cell of Mumbai Police’s Crime Branch claims to have busted a gang which used pretend web sites to dupe folks. The police mentioned the gang has duped greater than 10,000 folks by means of 123 pretend web sites. The accused would lure folks by posting profitable provides by means of ads on social media, police mentioned.
According to police, the incident got here to mild on December 15 after an individual approached them with a criticism. The complainant was duped of Rs 3.6 lakh below the pretext of receiving a gasoline dealership of HP. The cyber police registered a case below related sections of dishonest and forgery.
During investigation, the police learnt that the gang is working from Patna, whereas just a few members resided in West Bengal. A crew was despatched and the six individuals, together with a lady, had been arrested. The accused have confessed to the crime, police mentioned.
The accused would observe well-liked web sites that had been visited by essentially the most variety of web customers, police mentioned. “They would then create a replica of the original websites and start publicising their links,” mentioned an officer.
They approached folks by means of ads on social media, WhatsApp and by personally contacting them for which they’d even arrange a name centre in Patna, police mentioned.
“Links were provided to the victims, which would take them to fake websites,” mentioned an officer, including, “People usually weren’t able to differentiate between the fake and the original websites as the procedure to fill a form, submit documents and pay registration fees was exactly similar to what companies follow. After taking the money, the accused would disappear.”
The gang has been operational since July 2018 and has thus far created duplicated web sites of service suppliers like petrol pump/LPG dealership companies, personal mortgage suppliers, Reliance towers, Snapdeal and Naptol, amongst others.
The officers mentioned the gang outsourced web site designers who helped them in creating a reproduction of the unique web sites. “While call centre personnel were also outsourced,” mentioned an officer.
The police mentioned the mastermind of the rip-off is a BCom graduate primarily based in Bihar. “There are more people who are part of the scam and are still absconding. We are trying to locate them as well,” mentioned an officer.