Fake loan racket busted, 62 persons held

Fake loan racket busted, 62 persons held

The accused were running two call centres and cheating people telling them they were calling from Mahindra Finance

Hyderabad: The cybercrime sleuths of the Central Crime Station (CCS) on Monday raided two call centres and arrested two prime accused, six team leaders and 54 tele-callers for running illegal loan service call centres and duping people to the tune of Rs 25 crore.

The main accused are identified as A Asha Kumari, Rangaswamy Gopi, J Bhoopal Reddy, B Sai Ram, G Naresh Yadav, Mahajabeen Khan, Vijay Laxmi and R Apoorva. Apart from these eight accused, other 54 persons of the same organisation has been given 41(A) CrPC notices.

According to the City Police Commissioner Anjani Kumar, the accused were running two call centers in the name of Elite Connect Care Private Limited at Punjagutta and Banjara Hills with prime accused Asha Kumari and Rangaswamy Gopi as managers of the call centres and recruited 60 tele-callers and other staff.

The tele-callers and the main accused (managers) used to contact people by informing them that they were calling from Mahindra Finance and they would provide personal loan up to Rs 10 lakh at a low interest of 6.5 percent per annum.

"Interested customers were asked to send their Aadhaar and PAN card copies via WhatsApp, thereafter they would inform the customer's loan is sanctioned and informs to deposit two months Equated Monthly Instalment (EMI) amount in their bank accounts as security deposit.

Subsequently, within 24 hours they would collect all the details of debit card including OTP from the customer. After collecting debit card details of the customers, they would transfer the two months EMI from bank account of the customers to bank account of main accused", Commissioner added.

The police seized Rs 80,000 cash, 2 laptops, 35 wireless telephones, 42 mobile phones, 21 SIM cards and frozen a bank account of the accused.

As per information available so far, they had lured about 600 customers and cheated them to a tune of about Rs 25 crore in Telangana and other States, some other accused are at large and efforts are being made to nab them, he added.

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