5 Scam News, organised crime, Indian diaspora, cyber fraud, criminal gangs, international criminal syndicates 2024.1-3 ☑Press ☑India,भारत,印度

2024.3.30,有报道称,数百名印度公民被承诺提供信息技术行业的工作(例如数据输入操作员)而引诱到柬埔寨,但随后被迫成为网络欺诈网络的一部分。
“我们看到媒体报道有关印度国民被困柬埔寨的情况。我们驻柬埔寨大使馆一直在迅速回应印度国民的投诉,这些印度国民被就业机会引诱到该国,但被迫从事非法网络工作,”外交部发言人 Randhir Jaiswal(贾斯瓦尔)周六表示。
他说,大使馆与柬埔寨当局密切合作,已营救并遣返了约250名印度人,其中仅在过去三个月就营救并遣返了75名印度人。
印度新闻报​​道称,超过 5000 名印度人被困在柬埔寨,被迫对家乡的人进行网络诈骗,贾斯瓦尔上述发言是对此做出的回应。
New Delhi: Indian authorities have rescued and repatriated about 250 Indian nationals who were lured to Cambodia and forced to carry out illegal cyber work and are working to crack down on those responsible for such fraudulent schemes.
External affairs ministry spokesperson Randhir Jaiswal said on Saturday that of these 250 Indian nationals, 75 were rescued in the past three months.
Reports have suggested that hundreds of Indian citizens were lured to Cambodia with promises of jobs in the IT sector, such as data entry operators, but were then forced to become part of cyber fraud networks.
“We have seen media reports on Indian nationals stuck in Cambodia. Our embassy in Cambodia has been promptly responding to complaints from Indian nationals who were lured with employment opportunities to that country but were forced to undertake illegal cyber work,” Jaiswal said.
Collaborating closely with Cambodian authorities, the embassy has rescued and repatriated about 250 Indians, including 75 in just the last three months, he said.

India to Crack Down on Cambodia Cyber Work Scam, 250 Nationals Rescued So Far: MEA

India has rescued and repatriated about 250 Indians caught up in the Cambodia cyber work scam, of which 75 have been in just the last three months, said the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on Saturday, assuring the country’s commitment to crack down on fraudulent schemes and help Indian nationals who are stranded there.

MEA Spokesperson Randhir Jaiswal made these remarks in response to media inquiries regarding Indian nationals stranded in Cambodia. More than 5,000 Indians are allegedly being held against their will in the Southeast Asian country and being forced to carry out cyber frauds on people back home. Government estimates that the fraudsters have allegedly duped people in India of at least Rs 500 crore over the last six months

Official Spokesperson’s response to media queries regarding Indians stuck in Cambodia
March 30, 2024
In response to media queries regarding Indians stuck in Cambodia, the Official Spokesperson, Shri Randhir Jaiswal said:
“We have seen media reports on Indian nationals stuck in Cambodia.
Our Embassy in Cambodia has been promptly responding to complaints from Indian nationals who were lured with employment opportunities to that country but were forced to undertake illegal cyber work. Collaborating closely with Cambodian authorities, it has rescued and repatriated about 250 Indians, of which 75 in just the last three months.
Several advisories have also been issued by the Ministry and the Embassy of India in Cambodia to our nationals about such scams.
We remain committed to helping all those Indian nationals in Cambodia who seek our support. We are also working with Cambodian authorities and with agencies in India to crack down on those responsible for these fraudulent schemes.”
New Delhi
March 30, 2024

‘ACTIVELY ADDRESSING COMPLAINTS’

Jaiswal said that the Indian Embassy in Cambodia has been actively addressing complaints from individuals who were deceived with promises of job opportunities but were coerced into illegal cyber work. Collaborating closely with Cambodian authorities, the Indian mission in the country has successfully rescued and repatriated some 250 Indian nationals, with 75 individuals returned home in the past three months alone.

The MEA has issued multiple advisories to Indian citizens cautioning them about such fraudulent schemes. “We remain committed to helping all those Indian nationals in Cambodia who seek our support. We are also working with Cambodian authorities and with agencies in India to crack down on those responsible for these fraudulent schemes,” MEA spokesperson Jaiswal said.

‘EXTORTING MONEY’

Several reports said Indian nationals in Cambodia were reportedly held captive and coerced into cyber fraud activities. Individuals were coerced into scamming people in India and, at times, extorting money by impersonating law enforcement officials and claiming to have discovered suspicious items in parcels. Earlier, the Ministry of Home Affairs convened a meeting with officials from the Ministry of External Affairs, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, Indian Cyber Crime Coordination Centre, and security experts to devise a rescue strategy. Centre aims to free the trapped Indians and combat fraudulent schemes.

Second Secretary (Consular and Diaspora) Avaran Abraham said that they are getting four to five complaints on average almost regularly from different parts of Cambodia. “The moment we get a request we inform the police. We also guide them on how to travel to the embassy, and since they are in trauma we even counsel them,” he told The Indian Express newspaper. “The problem which should be highlighted is that when these people are being rescued and getting back to India, invariably, they are not filing an FIR with the police. It is only when FIRs are filed, the Indian police will be able to get to these agents/companies,” he said.

2024.2.23 一个由女性领导的团伙经营的通过运营金融公司假网站、以提供贷款为借口欺骗人们的假呼叫中心在诺伊达被破获,8人被捕。被捕者包括主谋 Chhaya Singh,和已确定的 Priya Shukla、Aanchal Chaudhary、Sulekha、Ankit Singh、Vijendra Pratap Singh、Archana Prajapati 和 Shivani Thakur。已根据《印度刑法》和《信息技术法》的相关条款向当地第 63 区警察局立案,目前调查正在进行中。官员们称,STF 从呼叫中心查获了 5 部手机、17 张 ATM/信用卡、三台笔记本电脑、两台平板电脑、13 张预激活 SIM 卡、13 个会计登记册、75 份虚假文件和超过 10 万名客户的数据。A fake call centre was busted in Noida, leading to the arrest of eight individuals, including the operation’s female ringleader. The Uttar Pradesh Special Task Force (STF) disclosed that the group, operating under the guise of facilitating online loans, had defrauded over 300 victims of substantial sums over six months. According to STF officials, the gang conducted its illicit activities from a rented office space in Sector 63’s industrial area. They lured unsuspecting individuals with promises of obtaining loans from India Bulls Consumer Finance, utilizing counterfeit documents disseminated through WhatsApp.

Noida: 8 arrested for running fraud finance site

STF arrests 8, including 6 women, for running fake finance company website in Noida, duping over 300 people of crores on pretext of loans.

The Special Task Force (STF) on Thursday arrested a gang of eight people, including six women, for allegedly running a fake website of a finance company, and duping people on the pretext of providing loans, said police.

The gang was operating from a rented place in Noida Sector 63 and duped over 300 people to the tune of crores of rupees for six months.

Special Task Force, assistant superintendent of police (AS), Vishal Vikram Singh, said, “The STF had been receiving information for past few days that a gang was involved in duping people on the pretext of providing loans, and making fake website of finance company was active in Noida’s Sector 63.”

“On the tip-off, on Thursday around 7.30am, a team of STF and Noida Police raided the spot and arrested eight people,” said Singh, adding an initial probe revealed that they used to collect data from online trade websites to contact people seeking loans.

Explaining the gang’s modus-operandi, the officer said that on the pretext of registration fees and GST on the loan amount, they duped over 300 people and earned crores of rupees.

“The accused were using 20 bank accounts on rent (used someone else’s bank account for transactions by paying fixed monthly income to the account holder) and 20 UPI accounts for online transactions,” he said.

The forged documents included ID cards issued in the name of India Bulls, loan approval letters and loan confirmation letters, the statement said, adding that loan-seekers were duped in the name of charges for registration, processing fees, GST and insurance against loans among others.

The accused were identified as Chaya Singh, a resident of Kanpur Dehat; Priya Shukla, a resident of Bisrakh in Greater Noida; Anchal Chaudhary, a resident of Hapur; Sulekha (goes by single name), Ankit Singh, Shivani Thakur, all three residents of Ghaziabad; Sonu Singh, a resident of Kannauj; and Archana Prajapati, a resident of Prayagraj.

“Chaya Singh was the mastermind in the gang. Earlier, she worked at a private firm where she came into contact with others. And later they decided to launch their own fake website to earn money,” said ASP Singh.

A total of 35 mobile phones, 17 ATMs, three laptops, three tablets, 13 sim cards, four Aadhaar cards, one voter ID, one driving license, cash ₹1,190, one car, 75 fake documents and customer data of more than a lakh people were found in their possession, the officer added.

A case of forgery under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code and IT Act was registered against the accused at Sector 63 police station on Thursday. Meanwhile, further probe is on.

2024.1.13 Cleric arrested in ₹6.23 crore fraud scam
神职人员因诈骗金额 62.3 亿卢比被捕

Cleric arrested in ₹6.23 crore fraud scam
Jan 13, 2024 07:16 AM IST

The accused has been absconding since the first FIR was lodged against him at Kondhwa police station on August 10, 2023.

Earlier, the police had arrested the husband-wife duo identified as Abdul Hussain Hasan Ali Naeemabadi (40) alias Nadir and Roya alias Seema Abdul Hussain Naeem Abadi (35) on December 30 last year.

The crime took place between August 2020 and August 2022 at Rasta Peth and Shaikh Abdul Basit Abdul Latif (45), a resident of Kondhwa Khurd, had filed a complaint with Samarth police station.

Based on the FIR, the police had booked Nadir, Roya, Maulana Shoaib, Majid Usman Attar, Khalid Mainuddin Attar and Afifa alias Iram Shoaib Attar under the relevant sections of MPID and Black Magic Act.

According to the FIR, the cleric and Nadir who are real estate developers lured Shaikh into investing ₹2.40 crores in a ‘ non-existing ’ export-import business and cheated him. They did not give him any return on the invested amount and subsequently duped three others after which three more FIRs were lodged against them at different police stations in the city.

The accused currently face four FIRs where they have reportedly cheated their victims of above ₹6.23 crores.

The Samartha police during their investigation have recovered fourteen stamp papers, eleven notarised agreements of a private residential complex, two agreements of general Power of Attorney (POA), two stamp paper affidavits and four registered agreements carried out at sub registrar’s office from the accused.

Investigators in their remand application before the court submitted that there was a strong possibility of Maulana Shoaib’s involvement in the purchase of huge land and properties with the money.

The cleric and his associates recited spells over the drinking water fed to the complainant with the motive that he did not seek a refund of the invested amount and tried to influence his mental being.

Maulana Shoaib made transfers of huge amounts to non-investors and there was a need for his custodial interrogation, the police stated in their remand application.

Police inspector Pramod Waghmare said that a preliminary probe has revealed the cleric had formed at least eleven companies to carry out various monetary transactions.

The accused through a private firm had obtained a loan of above ₹1.90 crore while Afifa had got a sum of ₹52 lakh in her firm account.

The investigation has to be extended to probe the involvement of other accused in the case and their connections as there is a possibility of their involvement in cheating other citizens as well, he told the court.

Meanwhile, the court has sent him into police custody till January 12.

2024.1.12 Cyber scam targets Swiggy users in Tamil Nadu; 30 fall victim
网络诈骗针对泰米尔纳德邦的 Swiggy 用户 30受害人。欺诈者远程操作,专门针对将 LazyPay 应用程序帐户与其食品配送应用程序 Swiggy 关联的用户。LazyPay 允许用户在线购买产品并稍后付款

Cyber scam targets Swiggy users in Tamil Nadu; 30 fall victim
The fraudsters, operating remotely, are specifically targeting people who have linked the LazyPay app account with their food delivery app Swiggy. LazyPay allows its users to purchase products online and pay later
January 12, 2024 10:56 pm

After Bengaluru, cyber fraudsters have started targeting unsuspecting users of a popular food delivery app in Tamil Nadu to access their payment credentials and place food orders outside the State.

“From January 1 to 12 this year, 30 cyber complaints have been received on the National Cyber Crime Report Portal related to the scam in Tamil Nadu,” said Additional Director General of Police Sanjay Kumar.

According to the police, the fraudsters, operating remotely, are specifically targeting people who have linked the LazyPay app account with their food delivery app Swiggy. LazyPay allows its users to purchase products online and pay later.

One of the victims from Koyambedu in Chennai, said he had recently received an interactive voice response (IVR) call claiming to be from LazyPay stating someone was trying to add his account to make a purchase. The caller told him to enter the One Time Password (OTP) received on his mobile phone, if the remote transaction was not an authorised one.

“As it was an IVR call I thought it was a genuine one. I entered the OTP. After some time I noticed a transaction for ₹4,979 had been made. I called LazyPay customer care and blocked my account. A while later I got a call from a Swiggy delivery boy speaking in Kannada saying I had ordered some items and asked me for the location. I told him I had not placed any order. When I tried to log in to my Swiggy account, I found the access blocked. The fraudster had used my payment credentials to order food in Karnataka,” the complainant said.

Another Swiggy user from Tambaram in Chennai, who was cheated in a similar fashion, said a week ago, he was flooded with more than 100 SMSes and finally some order was placed by an unknown person using Swiggy for a value of ₹9,938 through multiple orders through Lazypay, in Gurgaon.

An officer at the Cyber Crime Wing of Tamil Nadu Police said the fraudsters also used IVR calls to convince the victims to press ‘1’ if the transaction was not being performed by them and then enter the OTP number. Many victims had told the police that they were bombarded by multiple SMSes when the fraud was being executed. “This is a diversionary tactic to keep the victim engaged while their payment credentials are being surreptitiously used,” said the officer.

Those cheated would have to eventually settle the money to LazyPay as they would receive calls from agents saying failure to make the payment would affected their CIBIL score (creditworthiness).

D. Ashok Kumar, Superintendent of Police, Cyber Crime Wing said, “In most cases, the cyber fraudsters swindled the money operating from far off locations. Our investigation has revealed the fraudsters purchased food and mostly alcohol bottles (in Delhi/Gurgaon) using the credentials of the real users. We suspect a security breach had leaked user data. As per provisions of the Information Technology Act, we have sought details on the security breach from Swiggy and Lazypay.”

2024.1.10 ‘All India Pregnant Job Service’: Indian men conned by ‘impregnating women’ scam

As cyber scams go, this one is rather unique.

In early December Mangesh Kumar (name changed) was scrolling on Facebook when he came across a video from the “All India Pregnant Job Service” and decided to check it out.

The job sounded too good to be true: money – and lots of it – in return for getting a woman pregnant.

It was, of course, too good to be true. So far, the 33-year-old, who earns 15,000 rupees ($180; £142) per month working for a wedding party decoration company, has already lost 16,000 rupees to fraudsters – and they are asking for more.

But Mangesh, from the northern Indian state of Bihar, is not the only person to fall for the scam.

Deputy superintendent of police Kalyan Anand, who heads the cyber cell in Bihar’s Nawada district, told the BBC there were hundreds of victims of an elaborate con where gullible men were lured to part with their cash on the promise of a huge pay day, and a night in a hotel with a childless woman.

So far, his team have arrested eight men, seized nine mobile phones and a printer, and are still searching for 18 others.

But finding the victims has proved more tricky.

“The gang has been active for a year and we believe they have conned hundreds of people, but no-one has so far come forward to complain, possibly because of shame,” he explained.

The problem is, cyber law expert Pavan Duggal explains, that people in India, “are by and large very trusting and rarely do an independent verification of information on the internet”, bolstered by an overconfidence in their safety.

However, the methodology of the scam in Nawada, he says, “is very novel”.

“The scammers lured them with promise of free money and free sex which is a deadly combination. In situations like these, prudence often takes a backseat.”

印度新兴怀孕诈骗 金钱、桃色双重陷阱

印度脸书上出现「印度怀孕工作」的广告,工作内容就是与女性发生关系,并协助她们怀孕,同时还有高昂的报酬。然而,这却是新兴的诈骗手段。

比哈尔邦纳瓦达区副警长阿南德(Kalyan Anand)说,目前已经有数百名受害者,被诈骗集团欺骗要求提前付款,并寄出多个女性的照片作为诱饵。其中一名受害者表示,「在我点进社群上的网路广告十分钟后,我的手机响了,电话那头要求我先支付799卢比,才能注册这份工作。」

诈骗集团向被害人宣称,工作内容就是与女性发生关系,报酬高达50万卢比,如果成功怀孕,奖励更高达80万卢比。后续,诈骗集团会向被害人以法律文件、押金等各式各样的名目,向被害人索讨费用。

网路法律专家杜佳尔(Pavan Duggal)指出,大多数印度人相当相信网路上的资讯,鲜少进行验证措施,导致这些族群更容易受骗。他指出,这个新兴的诈骗手法结合「高昂的报酬」与「免费的色情」,往往使民众的理智退居二线。


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