After the amount of unknown phone calls from fraudsters posing as SBI bank staff asking for card details from people, a Delhi-based gang was busted on July 8, 2018. The gang had allegedly cheated 2000 SBI credit card holders. The Cyberabad police in New Delhi have arrested the 30 people involved in the gang, out of which 22 were Tele-callers.

The investigation to trace the gang began right after the Cyberabad police received a complaint from the assistant manager of SBI Cards and Payment Services Pvt Ltd. It was stated that the customer care services had received complaints from several SBI credit card holders who received calls from some unknown persons claiming to be from SBI Credit Card division. Immediately the police traced out the details and caught the gang.

According to NDTV, The mastermind behind the crime was Vijay Kumar Sharma (38, an LLB graduate from Delhi) among those arrested. Other main accused are Abhijit Shrivastav- 28 and his wife Sita Kumari, Ashutosh Shrivastav, Dharm Raj, Rehan Khan, Sandeep Bajaj and Vipin Kumar. Twenty-two of the arrested were tele-callers, mostly women, who were helping the main accused to carry out the crime.

Apparently, Vijay Kumar was previously arrested in 2017 by the Delhi police. He was running a fake BPO to commit cyber fraud. Consequently, he was released on bail and then continued cheating people through a new style.

Cyberabad Police Commissioner V C Sajjanar told reporters that the three accused were running fake SBI credit card call centres.  As per India Today news, the three accused engaged with 22 tele-callers to cheat SBI credit card customers by obtaining their card details including OTP numbers through a website (www.jayyshree.com) to carry out transactions.

According to New Indian Express,  transactions of 8,500 were carried out from each card towards Jay Shree Distributers. The credit cards were used in the online portal by using the cardholders OTP in the name of gifts from Jay Shree Distributers.

After all the commotion created, the people are relieved that the gang was finally caught and arrested. Just like Vijay’s gang, there may be many more gangs indulged in cybercrime out there, unknown to people. But since the Cyberabad police have arrested this gang they are on an outlook for more fraudsters. Until then, it is a request for people to beware of such fraudsters and file an immediate complaint if been a victim.

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