TORONTO, CANADA: An Indian-Punjabi couple has been arrested on Saturday for allegedly running an overseas telephone scam, said a media report.
Brampton-based Gurinderpreet Dhaliwal, 37, and his wife Inderpreet Dhaliwal, 36, were arrested and charged with fraud and money-laundering.
According to media reports, the couple posed as tax officials and duped people around ₹90.68 crore between 2014 and 2019.
An arrest warrant has been issued against their alleged partner 26-year-old Shantanu Manik, who is believed to be in India, reports City News website, a Canada-based news portal.
Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) said that the fraudsters were targeting Canadians since 2014 by calling and identifying themselves as representatives from the RCMP or Canada Revenue Agency (CRA), the report said.
“The scammers tell the person on the phone that they owe back taxes, and threaten them if they don’t pay the money back,” the news website reported.
The RCMP said that the scam has resulted in people being very suspicious when the CRA contacts them through legitimate ways.
The RCMP investigation into the scam uncovered money mules operating in Canada, said the police.
RCMP’S Inspector Jim Ogden said that these mules would be ordered to courier proceeds from the scam to a specific name and address, or drop point, which led investigators to the Dhaliwal couple.