Kingpin of cyber fraud gang nabbed in MP

Monday, 03 October 2022 | PNS | DEHRADUN

The Uttarakhand Special Task Force (STF) and the Cyber Cell have arrested the alleged kingpin of an inter-State gang-Surendra Singh alias Sunny from Madhya Pradesh who allegedly scammed a Dehradun resident of Rs 16 lakh besides being involved in several cyber frauds across the country. The cyber cell in charge Ankush Mishra said that the complainant Rakesh Jain filed a police complaint that an unknown man who pretended to be an executive of a company named Forex Live Global had defrauded him of Rs 16 lakh in the name of online trading and investing in the international market. The complainant had deposited the amount in various bank accounts as directed by the accused. 

The cyber police registered a complaint against the accused under IPC section 420 and IT Act section 66 (D) while the investigation was handed over to the cyber police inspector Maheshwar Purwal. Investigating the transaction details and mobile number used to contact the victim, the police found the connection of the accused with Madhya Pradesh. A police team was sent to MP which then started an investigation into the bank account numbers provided by the complainant to gather more information about the accused. The police arrested Surendra Singh alias Sunny, a resident of Sehore district in MP on the basis of the evidence on Sunday. The police have also recovered four mobile phones used in the scam, a four-wheeler vehicle, and several ATM cards besides checkbooks and passbooks of various banks. The police are investigating the accused. The cyber cell in charge Ankush Mishra said that most of such scammers lure the victims with fake promises like providing major profits in a short time or discounts on expensive tickets to famous tourist locations among others. He appealed to the public to carry out proper verification of the website, company, and bank before making any kind of online transaction. He also advised not to search for customer care numbers in the search engine and use them without verifying the respective company’s site. If one has any doubt, they can contact the nearby cyber crime police station or immediately call at 1930 for any financial cybercrime. A victim should file a complaint as soon as possible as it gives authorities a better chance to nab the scammers soon, added Mishra.

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