One Arrested For Duping US Citizens Through Fake Call Centre: Kolkata


One individual from Kolkata captured for duping a few US residents from his fraudulent call centre.

The captured man identified as  Sharafat Ali, used to run the call centre alongside others and they used to act like Microsoft Corporation representatives to dupe the US subjects, a senior Kolkata Police officer said today.

Ali (33) was captured from the call centers  at Beckbagan Row, under the purview of Karaya police headquarters in south Kolkata yesterday, he said.

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Expounding their usual methodology, the cop stated, “They used to call US nationals through VOIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) acting like workers of Microsoft Corporation subsequent to downloading their phone data over web.

Ali and his aides would disclose to them that their system had been hacked and their data compromised, the report of which they got from the Microsoft system installed in the machine.

They used to then compel the US residents to hack up extensive measure of cash running from $199 to $300 which was to be paid online through Moneygram or Western Union for reestablishing the framework.”

A particular software ‘Team Viewer’ was utilized for this reason, he said.

CPUs, IP Phones, iPhones, laptops and documents were seized amid the raid at the call centre, he said.

A city court remanded Ali, an inhabitant of Ballygunge range in south Kolkata, to police custody till July 10.