Mumbai: Cyber police nab six for cheating people of lakhs | Mumbai News – Times of India


MUMBAI: A gang of six, all from New Delhi and in their 20s, cheated a 70-year-old retired businessman of Rs 74.55 lakh by luring to give him and his family a better insurance policy.
The 20-year-old gang leader, who got Rs 50 lakh from the fraud money, had invested Rs 25 lakh to buy a house in Delhi. Police have frozen several bank accounts. All the arrested accused have been sent to police custody.
The septuagenarian complainant, who is retired now, stays near Grant Road. His one son lives abroad. He had taken out insurance policies for 10 people including his family members and a friend.
He approached the Central region cyber police station and lodged a complaint on August 2.
According to police, during the pandemic, more people are approaching for insurance or getting their insurance policies renewed.
“All the accused were working for a company which was sub-let customer care service by an insurance firm. These accused got the contact numbers of the insurance policyholders, contacted them through phone, WhatsApp and email. We are questioning the accused,” said DCP Rashmi Karandikar, head of the city cyber police stations.
Those arrested include Adnan Khan,20, Saurabh Kanhaiyalal, 19, Parsoon Sinha, 21, Harshit Chhikara 21, Pankaj Shah, 32 and Mohit Mittal, 21. They worked in a private firm which was given the job to call up an insurance company’s customers for renewal of police, top-ups, updating policies etc.
The accused then conspired and using the contact numbers provided to them, called up the insurance policyholders, collected details about their Adhar cards, Pan card, bank accounts, debit cards, etc. Later, pretending to be policyholders they called up the insurance firm and gathered more information about particular policyholders, said police.
The accused then again called up the policyholders, especially senior citizens, and lured them with huge offers. They asked the victims to pay fees for an affidavit, policy tax, GST, NOC, updating the policy, top-up etc.
“The took the money in their bank accounts. The money was deposited in seven bank accounts. We are trying to get more details,” said inspector Sanjay Govilkar, in-charge of the cyber police station.
Investigators said they have frozen several bank accounts and got to know a New Delhi property where Khan had invested Rs 25 lakh. Police are expecting to recover around Rs 50 lakh at this stage. Police are probing if the gang cheated other people too.

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