At least 32 people were arrested for allegedly being involved in duping Canadian nationals by impersonating as Canadian cops, said police on Sunday.
The accused were operating a fake call centre where 55 computers, 35 mobile phones and illegal software programs with other types of equipment were seized.
The seizure took place from Moti Nagar, West Delhi where the scam was operational, police said.
On November 15, Police received inputs about a group, who posed as Canadian cops over the phone and duped Canadian national on the alleged reason of saving them from violations of Social Insurance Number (SIN).
SIN or Social Insurance Number is a 9-digit number required to work in Canada or to have access to government programmes and benefits.
A team from the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) and Delhi Police raided the call centre where Sarabjot Singh, Jasjot Singh, and Sagar Jain were held to be managing the activities of the callers, who were connecting international calls, said Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police (West) Sameer Sharma.
The SIN scam was operated through Voice Over Internet Protocol (VOIP) calls, told Sameer after interrogation session.
“The call centre was operational during night hours. The accused begun with a robocall claiming to be from Service Canada agency and informed the recipients that there were several allegations found linked with their SIN Numbers,” told a senior official while elucidating the operation of the scam.
Not only this, the victims were threatened to be put behind bars if they fail to call back.
The victims were asked to transfer the money through Bitcoins, gift cards or ATM, said police officer.
In addition, the investigation revealed that the accused violated the DoT’s directions and purchased VOIP minutes from international markets.
This has, therefore, caused huge revenue loss to the Indian exchequer.
Raids are being conducted to nab the call centre’s owners – identified as Raja, Sushil, Naveen, Bunny Arora, Pankaj – and other accused, said the police.
Meanwhile, DoT officials are probing the case.