Pune Cyber Crime Team Raided Banglore Call Center Arrested 18
By Swarali Joshirao.
Other materials seized in the raid include 48 handsets, 65 bank accounts,
1 computer, 1 laptop
167 Debit/Credit Cards, 30 Aircel/Visimcards, 1 ATM, 15 Panoramic Cards, 11 Aadharcard
About the modus operandi of these online extortion rackets through petty loan applications: Fake loan applications are made available on play store or other websites. To download these apps, a series of permissions are requested from camera, gallery, contacts, SMS, location, microphone, etc., which provides full data access. Once the victims download the app, they immediately get a loan ranging from 500 to 7000 rupees. Followed by this when it is time to return the sum, the interest rate up to 300% is charged. If a victim does not pay threatening calls, messages are sent. Morphed images, nude images and morphed documents are sent to scare the victim to make them pay.
Currently, Cyber Crime Pune has 2 ongoing cases, the number may increase. In one such case, a 30-year-old man was duped out of 13 lakhs 88 thousand. He went to pay a huge sum as he was caught in the vicious cycle of lending. Pune Police have called on people not to download such scam apps, nothing is free. And even if you accidentally log into the app so you don’t get scared because of the threatening messages, report it to the police instead.