Three people have been arrested in several states for offering “VIP phone numbers” and pocketed up to $ 3 million on charges of cheating about 500 people, police said Thursday.
People in Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu and Kerala have been deceived by fraudsters for the past three years, Jabalpur Police Chief Siddarth Bahuguna told reporters.
The men arrested are Shubham Rai (28), Ashok Tirthani (57) and Dileep Kukreja (44). Ravi Mishra, a neighbor of Mumbai, is on the run, Mr. Bahugun.
Harjinder Singh, a resident of Jabalpur, filed a complaint at the Gorakhpur police station because Harvinder, his family, received a text message on February 2 with a “VIP” or “vanity” phone number, or figures preferred by a customer. to provide a number. a prominent provider of telecommunication services Rs 49,999.
Harvinder received a call from a person claiming to be an agent of the telecommunications company and offered him a “VIP SIM card” for Rs 41,300. The caller also provided details of a bank account for payment.
Harvinder transferred the money, but did not get a SIM card. According to the investigation, the money ended up in the bank account of one of the accused Ashok Tirthani, police said. Tirthani was arrested, and his interrogation led police to Dileep Kukreja and Shubham Rai. Rai was arrested earlier in a case of Uttar Pradesh fraud in 2017.
A certain percentage of the amount collected through the fraud was allegedly transferred to Ravi Mishra, Rai’s friend in Mumbai, the official said. Rai and Mishra worked together at Mumbai Film City from 2007 to 2012.
Defendant used about 52 bank accounts to raise money.
Police seized documents related to the accounts, seven debit cards, check books, Aadhaar cards, eight mobile phones and a two-wheeled vehicle from the accused.