Police busts call centre racket in Dimapur

Police busts call centre racket in Dimapur
The accused involved in Call Centre Racket in Dimapur

Dimapur, September 24: Dimapur police has busted a Call Centre racket in Dimapur similar to that of “IRS Scam” where call centre operators called potential victims while impersonating officials from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).
According to police, the Call Centre was operating under cover in a location between 6th and 7th mile. After collecting evidences about the racket being operated from there, police raided the premises on September 16 and found that 20 people were working there out of which 16 people were employees and 4 were handlers/trainers.
Police said that 20 of them were arrested and 28 computer sets were seized from the place.
Talking to media persons, police officials said that the modus operandi was that they were getting calls from the US after sending voice calls through certain software and then impersonating as IRS officials threatened victims with arrest, imprisonment, or fines for failing to pay taxes or penalties to the government. They even offered to close the case by paying arrears. After the deal for closing were made, the calls were transferred to the “Closer”, who further blackmailed the victims and settle for an amount.
ACP ‘A’ Division, Temsunochet Changkija said that out of the 20 people arrested, 6 were females.
The four main accused, identified as Amit Bhowmick (25), Michael Tenzing (25), Shouvik Bhuyan (24) and Bernard Angami (45) have been sent to judicial custody.
Changkija said the rest 16 of them are ‘dialers’ who received the calls, while the ‘closers’ closed the deal and managers settled the amount.
According to police the money was transferred through ‘hawala’ transaction/gift voucher cards often in coded format using Google Play, iTunes etc. The codes were given to the ‘closers’ and then to the Managers, who in turn passed it on to his bosses.
Police said that after investigation, one police team was sent to Kolkata from where two persons identified as Ajit Kumar Ray (37) and Anirban Gupta (37) were arrested and brought to Dimapur. They have been working in the field of Information Technology for more than a decade and involved in such scams in the past.
DCP Vishal disclosed that the accused planned the racket in March this year and began operation in June and till today, transaction worth Rs 35 lakhs have been done from Dimapur.
He appealed to the general public, especially candidates who are looking for jobs to check the background of the companies before joining and take the help of police if they are suspicious about any company. (Page News Service)