New Delhi: On Thursday, in a big win, Delhi Police cyber cell team unearthed an international syndicate offering quick income to the people. As per the report, the crooks involved in the global racket siphoned off Rs 150 crore in a Chinese app scam. The accused have been identified as Abhishek Mansaramani, Sheikh Robin, Ronak Bansal, and Avik Kedia.
A young cyber cell officer became a decoy customer of the malicious Chinese apps which offers quick income to people to bust the racket. Taking out details such as UPI, transaction IDs, and bank accounts used by the suspects helped crime branch officials to unravel it.
The report further suggests that people were offered a hefty amount in return in an online multi-level marketing campaign and later on cheated. The gang duped over 5,00,000 people.
The fraudsters installed malicious apps like EZPlan and Power Bank to earn easy money through unfair means. This network uses data from 110 shell companies for money laundering.
The cybercrime cell has nabbed 11 people in this using the suspects' social media activity and ID-PR analysis.
While commenting on the global racket bust, police commissioner SN Shrivastava said, "These companies were located in different parts of India and the money was being moved from one account to another to another to hide the trail. This pointed to the involvement of professional accountants,” as saying was quoted by the Times of India.
As per police, one of the suspects created around 110 shell firms for the syndicate. The cybercrime team also seized 35 mobile phones from them, and fraudsters were in contact with Chinese fraudsters through Telegram. Further information revealed another accused Robin had custody of 29 bank accounts.
Another official DCP cyber cell Anyesh Roy said that the accused were in touch with Chinese nationals through other apps as well such as DingTalk, WeChat, etc. He further noted that that the racket masterminds used sophisticated software and financial tools for automated fund transfer. The footprint of the gang is in Bengaluru, Delhi-NCR, Odhisa, Assam, West Bengal, and Surat to con the people.