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Delhi Police bust e-commerce fraud racket, arrest kingpin | Delhi News

After a search for more than a month, the Delhi Police have arrested the kingpin of a racket that created fake websites of popular e-commerce platforms featuring lucrative offers on groceries and household products to cheat unsuspecting buyers by stealing their credit card details, officers said on Wednesday.

According to the police, the investigators conducted an exhaustive exercise of identifying the money trail and digital footprints and found that over 15 people have fallen into the trap and the fraudsters have transacted over Rs 25 to 30 lakh.

The arrested has been identified as Shahrukh Akhtar, a Ghaziabad native, under whose instructions his accomplices were tele-calling the prospective customers, the police said. Two of his aides – Sonal, a resident of Hari Nagar, 21, and Juned Akhtar, a resident of Noida, 28 – were arrested on October 5.

Police said that they took action based on the complaint received at the Intelligence Fusion and Strategic Operations (IFSO), Special Cell, wherein the complainant alleged that he came across a BigBasket advertisement regarding an offer on Facebook.

“He clicked on the tab ‘Shop Now’ and followed the directions accordingly. Thereafter, Rs 98,000 was deducted from his credit card. The police have registered a cheating case,” DCP (IFSO) Hemant Tiwari.

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It was found that the racket is spread across many states and is being operated in many tiers.

“Sonam disclosed that on the directions of Shahrukh Akhtar, she was tele-calling the innocent victims from Raj Nagar Extension call centre. She used to call the victims from fake mobile numbers, while Shahrukh arranged all the SIM cards and bank accounts (to which the cheated money was credited). Juned Akhtar, disclosed that he was providing bank accounts for the collection of money and also used to withdraw cash through the ATM cards and deposit the same in the personal bank accounts of Shahrukh and his wife,” said the DCP.

Police nabbed Shahrukh from Ghaziabad and he has confessed to his involvement in the crime.

“He procured fake SIM cards to communicate and for tele-calling, opened fake bank accounts for receiving money, and also purchased domains to run fake websites of BigBasket, DMart, and Blinkit. He also ran call centres at Mamura Village and Raj Nagar Extension in UP,” said the officer.

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