Sunday, August 25, 2019

The Matunga police have arrested four people suspected of cheating scores of job seekers across the country of lakhs of rupees by pretending to be placement agents.

Mumbai: According to the Matunga police, inquiries were initiated into the racket after Yogesh Rathod (28) registered a complaint earlier this year. According to Mr. Rathod’s complaint, he had uploaded his biodata on, after which he received a call from someone claiming to be with IndiGo airlines. The caller told Mr. Rathod that he had been placed as a ticketing agent with the airline and convinced him to pay ₹1.3 lakh as ‘processing fees’, after which the caller dropped out of contact.

“The numbers used by the accused were unreachable when we began investigations. However, an analysis of their call detail records (CDRs) showed several calls to phone numbers across the country, which gave us an idea of the scope of the racket. We also examined details of the bank account to which Mr. Rathod had transferred the money, and found that large amounts had been deposited from various States,” Deputy Commissioner of Police (Zone IV) Saurabh Tripathi said.
On tracking the money trail, the police found that it was being withdrawn from Rampur in Uttar Pradesh. The police team then left for U.P. and picked up a female accused on August 14.

“She revealed that there were three others involved in the racket, who were operating from Noida near Delhi. A team then went and raided a call centre in Noida, from where the racket was being run, and arrested the trio. We seized 14 cell phones, 22 SIM cards and other material. The accused had rented the commercial space and registered it under the name of Free Sky Travel Solutions,” Mr. Tripathi said.
25/08/19 Zelam Phadke/The Hindu
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