Bhopal police arrested three from Noida for defrauding 10,000 people under the guise of “loans”
The Bhopal police cyber cell arrested three people from Noida on Friday for allegedly defrauding more than 10,000 people on the pretext of providing personal loans at lower interest rates. The suspects operated at least 12 fake websites on behalf of financial companies and two call centers, police said.
The suspects were identified as David Kumar Jatav, 21, from Ghaziabad, Neha Bhatt, 23, and Manisha Bhatt, 27, from Uttarakhand. Neha and Manisha are sisters.
Another suspect, Kamal Kashyap, is on the run and the police are trying to arrest him. They were made under sections 419 (punishment for fraud by the person), 420 (fraud), 467 (forgery), 468 (forgery for the purpose of fraud), 471 (fraudulent use of genuine documents) and 120b (criminal conspiracy) of the Indian arrested criminal code. “The police seized six laptops, 25 cell phones, 21 USB sticks, eight activated SIM cards and 19 debit cards from the two call centers in Noida,” said Sandesh Jain, additional police superintendent, Cyber Cell, Bhopal Police.
Bhopal’s Additional Director General (ADG) of Police, Upendra Jain, said: “A resident of Bhopal Padmesh Singh filed a complaint in January this year saying he had discovered a lucrative offer for a personal loan at an interest rate of 8% was provided on a financial company website. He applied for a loan and also the processing fees from ₹40,000, as requested by the company, but after a month of waiting he learned that the company was fake.
The Bhopal Police cyber cell investigated the matter and found that a Noida-based call center was cheating people into making loans.
“A team from the Bhopal Police Department searched a call center in Noida and discovered that David, a website designer, had developed a fake financial company’s website in 2018 and started offering loans on it at an annual interest rate of 8% to 9%. David, Neha and Manisha also set up two call centers in Noida, hiring 50 women with salaries ranging from Rs 10,000 to Rs 12,000 a month.
People had to provide their basic information on the website. Later, someone from the call center called the prospect and asked them to deposit processing fees between Rs 10,000 and Rs 40,000, ”Jain said.
“After deceiving around 1,200 people, they closed the website and opened a new one by changing the company’s name and call center numbers,” said the ADG.
In his confession, David said he wanted to save money to marry Neha. “One of his friends, Kamal Kashyap, came up with the idea of running a website on behalf of fake companies to deceive people. Kashyap flees. The police are trying to catch him, ”said the police.