32 call centre scammers arrested in India for threatening, extorting Canadians: police

Nov 19 2019, 6:53 am

Indian police say they have arrested 32 people and seized electronics following a raid of an international call centre scam allegedly targeting Canadians.

The DCP West Delhi reported that one Canadian was “duped of $13,500 through this SIN scam.”

Police say they had information regarding an organized, online international fraud ring.

They said the fraudsters were engaged in using “illegal techniques, VOIP calling, bypassing the legal International Long Distance (ILD).”

Investigators in Delhi said the “SIN scam, just one of the criminal schemes operated from the centres, typically begins with a robocall claiming to be from the Service Canada agency” and telling the recipient that there are several allegations found linked with their social insurance number.

“The target is informed that they must call back — or face arrest and imprisonment. Call spoofing technology is used to make it appear the number is in Canada. Those who call back are subjected to further threats, but then offered a one-time chance to pay and settle the matter,” said police in a statement.

Victims were asked to hand over money in different ways including Bitcoin ATMs and gift cards.

In the raid, police seized 55 computers, three internet distribution switch, two routers, 35 mobile phones, and several pages of “cheating script.”

The age range of those arrested was between 18- and 38-years-old.

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