While three members of the racketeer have been arrested, police say the gang is believed to be involved in at least more than three dozen cyber fraud cases across multiple states including UP, Telangana, Uttarakhand, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Delhi and Karnataka and embezzled crore worth of rupees from victims’ accounts.
Those arrested were identified as Vinay Kumar alias Ashok Singh alias SSP Kolkatta from Nalanda (racketeering kingpin), Abhishek Sharma from Ratlam in Madhya Pradesh (website developer) and Ratnesh Bharti from Nawada (Bihar). Police also seized two Wi-Fi sets, three laptops, 10 mobile sets, one passport, six checkbooks, four passbooks, 26 ATM cards from different banks, six Aadhar cards, three EPIC cards, seven driving licenses, two PAN, six fake stamps, a USB key and two hotspot modems from their hiding places.
Superintendent of Police (Cyber Cell) Dr. Triveni Singh told TOI that a team from the Cyber Crime Cell (Prayagraj Range) is investigating a case registered under IPC Articles 406 and 420 and the Section 66 of the IT Act in which unidentified cyber fraudsters duped around Rs 17.39 lakh from a victim’s account under the guise of offering a franchise of an iconic brand, cyber crooks have learned were exploiting and were running a fake Nalanda website in Bihar state and further managed to arrest three racket members including kingpin Vinay Kumar alias Ashok Singh and two of his accomplices.
SP claimed that the cyber crime unit recovered an amount of Rs 8.39 lakh from the victim’s bank account and also managed to freeze Rs 10 lakh deposited in the cyber frauds’ bank accounts. The arrested criminals confessed that before developing a fake website, they thoroughly analyze and scrutinize the genuine website and then write a similar website with the aim that gullible victims can easily fall into the trap. They also added that they used to closely monitor the websites of government-run welfare schemes and put effort into making sure their website was more appealing than others.