A fake call centre operating out of Kolkata, West Bengal, was busted by cybercrime police from Cyberabad, and 17 people were taken into custody and seized Rs 55 lakh worth of cryptocurrency.
According to the police, a raid was conducted after receiving a tip. They searched a villa within the boundaries of the Cyberabad Commissionerate and detained three people. The accused disclosed information about the fake call centres running out of the main branch in Kolkata during questioning.
The majority of the victims of cyber fraud were US citizens who were contacted via emails and calls using foreign mobile numbers obtained from the Dark Net. In order to avoid the police net, the scammers would use the cryptocurrency Bitcoin for transitions. According to the police, it was the first time state police had seized cryptocurrency worth roughly around Rs 55 lakh.
A YouTube channel named “Scammer Payback” from the US recently posted a video on his channel about an inquiry into a call centre that was functioning in Hyderabad’s IT district. He claimed that an American and an Australian citizen were being conned by a scam operation operating from the fifth floor of a building in Madhapur.
The YouTuber stated that the con artists are working on the fifth story of the building while displaying a satellite photograph of the suspicious structure at 100 Feet Road in Hi-Tech City. The police in Cyberabad investigated the location after receiving a complaint, but the business had already closed.