The Central Bureau of Investigation has recovered digital evidences, various incriminating documents and also bank accounts, fixed deposits etc. worth Rs.190 crore(approx), cash of Rs.25 lakh(approx), Gold valued at Rs.55 lakh(approx) during searches conduced recently at various locations including Jaipur, Delhi, Noida, Gurugram, Faridabad & Mainpuri(Uttar Pradesh) at the premises of private companies and residential premises of accused persons in an on-going investigation of a case. A case was registered on a complaint against six private companies based at New Delhi, Jaipur(Rajasthan), Noida(Uttar Pradesh), Gurugram(Haryana) & other unknown persons, alleged to be involved in technical support fraud scheme.
It was alleged that these companies would contact the victims via internet pop-up messages that falsely appeared to be security alerts from Microsoft or another well-known company. The pop-up messages fraudulently claimed that the consumer’s computer was infected by a virus. It would then run a scan on the consumer’s computer, falsely confirming the presence of a virus and malware. A toll free number would be given, where the victim will contact, and call would land up in their call centres. These companies would then take remote access of the victim’s computer and would convince the victim of presence of non-existing problems and then would make them pay hundreds of Dollars for unnecessary services and softwares. Many of these irrelevant softwares were also developed by the companies under investigation.
CBI is collaborating with its counterparts in other countries to identify the network, dismantle their infrastructure and bring the perpetrators of crime to justice. US Department of Justice and CBI collaborated in this regard, and yesterday US Federal court ordered an individual and 5 companies to stop engaging in technical-support fraud scheme that is alleged to have defrauded hundreds of elderly and vulnerable U.S. victims. According to USDOJ, the said person of Glendale, California, knowingly provided U.S. support for India-based accomplices in furtherance of the fraud. The said person facilitated the scheme through several companies, including at Singapore. The temporary restraining order issued by the US court dismantles these defendants’ U.S. infrastructure, such as websites and payment processing relationships, and prohibits the defendants from continuing to facilitate the alleged scheme.
Similar coordination is being done by CBI with federal agencies of the other countries. CBI has been making concerted efforts to identify and rapidly dismantle any such network of transnational cyber frauds operated out of India.