Shillong :The Meghalaya police have busted a gang of fraudsters from the capital city who were involed in an international scam by looting the American citizens while posing to be agents of Internal Revenue Service.
The East Khasi Hills District Police on a tip off that an IRS scam was operating a rented premises in Shillong conducted mounted surveillance on the places and gathered that unscrupulous persons who were cheating through VOIP, gullible American citizens whose details were acquired from certain websites , by impersonating as Internal Revenue Service Agents(IRS) and threatening them to make payments by making them purchase Gift Cards from Walmart or Target Store for default of tax payments defaults or face jail sentence.
The purchaser then handed over the 16 digit number to the caller who the send the numbers to a vendor in the US to get the amount reimbursed. The same is then remitted to India by hawala channels.
The fraud Call Centre namely M/s IFA Enterprise rented three floors of a building and was run by one Amit Bhowmick and Sunny Mukherjee who were stationed outside and would come after at intervals to pay the salaries . Another illegal , call centre M/s BPO Zurich was also operating from the RBI premises in Shillong .
It was also gathered that due to raids in several parts of the country, the scamsters were trying to wind up and set shop somewhere else. On receiving specific inputs that the owners of the IFA Enterprise Call centre had come in their Chervolet cruise AS01AZ 0101 used by the scamsters and were in an apartment in the city , several teams of the Special Cell East Khasi Hills Police were despatched .
Simultaneous raids were conducted in apartments at two different places in the city whereby Amit Bhowmick , Vivek and Ms. Naina Gurung involved with the centre, were apprehended. 77 Hard Disks which had been removed from CPUs, cash amounting to Rs 1 lakh and a huge number of incriminating documents including scripts were seized from the apartment rented by IFA Enterprise in the city . Pynshan Mawthoh of Madanrting one of the managers of M/s IFA Enterprise who had come out of the apartment was also apprehended.
From the apartment rented by Ms/ BPO Zurich in the city, electronic gadgets used in the scam , cash amounting to Rs 1 lakh and several incriminating documents were recovered and seized .One Rijo Christian Joseph of Ahmadabad Gujarat and one Ms Sweety Sutnga of Shillong were also apprehended. Two separate cases Laitumkhrah Ps C/No.134(8)17 u/s 120(B)/385/419/420/468/34 IPC and Laitumkhrah Ps C/No.135(8)17 u/s 120(B)/385/419/420/468/34 have been registered.
They were arrested and forwarded to the court of the CJM, Shillong and have been sent to Police remand for 6 days.
On Tuesday, searches were conducted at the three floors rented by M/s IFA ENTERPRISELtd from the SS Net .Com where 85 CPUs and several IRS scripts were recovered and seized. Two employees of SS Net Com Mobiliser, Christopher Kurbah 23 and Manager, Kiren Damai have also been arrested in connection with the IFA ENTERPRISE Call Centre.
It was also gathered that another Call Centre namely M/s Dasanbha Enterprise owned by Nicky War along with others were planning to close shop. He was summoned immediately and after questioning him it was found that the Call Centre would call American Citizens by asking the customer if he/she suffers from any sickness or undergone any surgical operation from a range of health problems.
They would ask the customer if he/she has got hold of an advocate and then would claim to be a reputed American firm which would help them in getting potential compensation’ for a fee ranging from $650 only to dupe the persons. 63 Computers , a server , seals and 43 Hard Disks were seized from their possesion . A separate case is being taken up at Laitumkhrah PS . The owner of M/s Dasanbha Enterprise Nicky War has been arrested and be produced the following day. A full fledged investigation is on to reach to its logical conclusion and to nab the rest of the culprits.
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