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Cyber Scam With Pak Links Busted, Odisha Man Among 5 Arrested

Bilaspur: 5 folks had been arrested from Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Odisha in reference to a cyber fraud racket which has hyperlinks with Pakistan, Bilaspur police in Chhattisgarh stated on Monday.

Virat Singh (21), Rajesh Jaiswal (55), Sitaram Gauda (35), Shivam Thakur (20) and Sanju Chauhan (20) had been held over the previous 9 days after a person complained that he had been duped of Rs 65 lakh, stated Bilaspur Superintendent of Police Prashant Agrawal.

“We have seized Rs 15 lakh cash, three laptops, 13 mobile phones, ATM cards and bank pass books. Bank accounts with Rs 27 lakh in them have been blocked. The probe began after Sipat resident Janak Rama Patel (25) complained to City Kotwali police last month that he was duped of Rs 65 lakh by fraudsters claiming he had won a lottery,” the SP stated.

Patel had received calls from Pakistani numbers and Whastapp messages stating he had gained Rs 25 lakh in a lottery and Rs 2 crore in a TV present contest, and he was requested to deposit Rs 65 lakh in 12 financial institution accounts, he stated.

“A probe team found the calls originated from Pakistan. We first arrested Virat Singh from Rewa into whose account Rs 50 lakh was transferred by Patel. Singh has confessed he works for Pakistan-based Chhota Mamu alias Afsar, Bada Mamu alias Asgar and Saleem who runs an international cyber fraud racket,” he stated.

Primarily based on Singh’s questioning, Thakur and Chauhan had been arrested from Dewas (MP), Jaiswal from Mumbai and Gauda from Ganjam in Odisha, the SP stated.

“Jaiswal was involved in converting Indian rupees into bitcoins and further transferring it to their operators. Singh had transferred the maximum amount of the money duped from Patel to Rajesh and Sitaram, who run a digital payment solution,” he stated.

Some others from West Bengal, Bihar, Gujarat, Uttarakhand and many others with attainable connection to the racket might have duped folks from different nations and there are extra arrests probably, the official stated.

(PTI)

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