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Gang of extortionists arrested, 5 detained

New Delhi, April 15 (IANS): Delhi police have arrested a syndicate of international fraudsters and extortionists and arrested five people for abusing and extorting innocent people, an official said on Friday.

The defendants have been identified as Sonu Singh, Vikash Kumar, Harpreet Singh, Pankaj Kumar and Jitender Kumar.

Giving details, DCP (Criminal Branch) Rohit Meena said a complaint was filed by a man alleging that he and his family, friends and relatives were being abused and threatened by strangers through certain international and domestic mobile numbers of WhatsApp, since the last days to repay the loan contracted with “Cash Advance Ha”, an unauthorized Chinese micro-finance company. Based on the complaint, the police registered a case under Sections 419, 420 and 385 of the IPC and 66 C, 66 D of the Computer Law.

During the investigation into the detailed call records of the mobile phones used in the crime, it was revealed that the defendants called the victims via fraudulently obtained WhatsApp numbers, most of which were from Assam and West Bengal.

After reviewing the detailed call records of mobile phone numbers, one of the accused was in the Delhi-Gurugram border area, after which raids were carried out at SalaPur Khera, Bijwashan, Delhi, where the accused Sonu Singh, who used to make the calls. to victims through a fraudulently obtained WhatsApp number was arrested and the cell phone numbers used in the crime were also recovered from him. At the request of Sonu Singh, another defendant, Vikash Kumar, was arrested in Farukhabad in Uttar Pradesh.

During the technical analysis, it was found that Vikash Kumar was leading a team of callers, who used to call people who had taken a loan from their application. It was also found that if a person needed to take out a loan through the applications available online, they had to download the application first. At the time of downloading the app, the app asks for permission to capture the contact list, photo gallery and other personal data from the loan seeker’s phone. It has been assured by the loan application that the loan amount will be interest free for the next 60 days. As soon as permission was granted by the loan seeker, all their data was automatically transferred to Chinese servers.

Two other people, Harpreet Singh and Pankaj Kumar, who work as managers in the company, were also arrested and another defendant, Jitender Kumar, who provided WhatsApp phone numbers for calling purposes, was also arrested. arrested in this case.