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HT Correspondent, Ghaziabad: The police on Friday morning arrested six persons —three men and three
women — for allegedly duping residents of money on the pretext of lucrative insurance policies through a fake call centre in Khoda colony.
The gang has duped people from various states of more than Rs 50 lakh, the police said.
The accused were identified as Deen Mohammad, Atul Mishra, Surendra Kumar, Nisha Pandey, Mili Chaudhary and Kanchan. Mohammad, from Delhi, is the prime accused. The rest are residents of Ghaziabad. The second prime accused, Mohsin, is absconding.
An FIR was registered under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code and IT Act.
“Acting on a tip-off, the gang was arrested from a shopping complex in Khoda on Friday morning. A dozen mobile phones, fake visiting cards, cheque books and passbooks of fake bank accounts, fake company stamps and customer data were found,” Atul Kumar Yadav, circle officer, Indirapuram, said.
Mohammad had made his fake PAN cards and Aadhar cards with different names, the police said.
The police said that the gang used to target less educated or illiterate people from Jharkhand, Bihar and Madhya Pradesh for their scam. “The main accused had stolen customer data from Life Insurance Company (LIC) and used to pose as insurance agents. Women would call the victims and ask them if they had any complaints regarding their policy, whether they wanted a quick loan in three hours or would tell them that LIC was offering them a bonus upon transfer of money to their account,” Salmantaj Patil, superintendent police (city), Ghaziabad, said.
He said that the women callers would mark interested and uninterested parties according to their response. If interested, the call recipient would be marked a VIP in their records and then called him from another phone to complete the deal.