The police had learned that a call center involved in duping US citizens was being run on IGNOU Road, Neb Sarai. After this, on the night of June 30, a team was formed and a trap was laid near Balhara Hospital located on IGNOU Road. The police release said that “On being informed by the informer, a raid was conducted and it was found that a setup of computers and other accessories was installed in the premises. Several people were busy on calls and interacting with the victims.” He was talking by describing himself as a representative of Amazon.
The police have also seized nine desktop systems along with an internet router and TP-Link modem from the accused’s bass. Police said that “using computer apps such as TeamViewer, Zoho Assist, they dupe the victim and do wrong things through gift cards redeemed on Amazon.” A case has been registered under section 419/420/120B/34 of IPC.
Last month, the Pune police filed charges against a former IPS officer and a cyber expert for an alleged multi-crore cryptocurrency fraud, the police had said. After his arrest in March, investigators were arrested for fraudulently transferring crores of rupees from a digital wallet to his account.
Patil, who had taken voluntary retirement from the Indian Police Service, and Ghode were appointed by the Pune Police to investigate two cryptocurrency cases registered in 2018 as the digital currency had a technical glitch. The police had alleged that during the probe, Patil transferred some cryptocurrency to his account and Ghode falsified the data by providing screenshots of the accounts to the police.