Delhi's phishing gang cheats teacher of Rs 7.2 lakh

Central Crime Branch police arrested three New Delhi-based men - part of an online phishing gang - for cheating a Bengaluru-based teacher of Rs 7.2 lakh.

Delhi-based John Rajan (27), a local bartender residing in Munirka, Prashanth Singh (22), a salesman living in Uttam Nagar, and K Nagaraj (25), a labourer from Kusumpura, lured the teacher into a deal promising her foreign currency while asking her money in the guise of airport charges and other clearances.

The teacher transferred Rs 7.2 lakh in parts on different occasions by way of online transactions and felt suspicious about the men who continued to call her demanding more money without releasing the alleged foreign currency. She then lodged a complaint with the police.

Police looked into the Call Detail Record (CDR) and traced the calls to the teacher's phone to Delhi. A team dispatched to the national capital held inquiries and picked up the men who confessed to the crime. Police also froze the account to which money was transferred.

It emerged that the men, posing as foreigners, would send phishing e-mails to gullible women informing them that expensive gifts or currency packets are stuck at the airport customs which they could claim by paying tax and other duties. They would follow up the messages with phone calls repeating the demands. Police suspect that the gang could have used phishing as a means to cheat several women.

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