HYDERABAD: The CCS police have arrested 13 offenders involved in various online offences such as sexual harassment using social media, debit/credit card fraud and insurance fraud.
According to police, they arrested one Ramoji Rao, 36 and Priyanka Gupta, wife of Tarun Gupta, 28 for cheating software companies. Tarun and Priyanka floated a false company by name SDM Services (Skill Development Mentoring Services) and invited tenders from software companies requesting them to submit EMD at 1 per cent of the project cost. The victims sent three EMDs for three zones amounting to 9.72 lakh. They have cheated to the tune of `83 lakh all over India including `16.2 lakh from three software companies of Hyderabad. Police have seized three mobile phones, two debit cards, one pan card and documents from their possession. An amount of `40 lakh has been freezed by CCS police in various banks.
Similarly, one Abdul Majid, 21, B Tech student was arrested by police for sending abusive and threatening messages through Facebook to many young girls.
The accused created fake profiles and chatted with young girls and then threatened them that he would share their personal information with their friends. He managed to obtain their obscene photos and blackmailed to defame and extort money from them. The accused was earlier arrested by Cyberabad police in September 2015 and on coming out on bail, he again started committing the same crime.
In another incident, police arrested four persons Pramod Kumar Kesari, Dinesh Lakra, Harshit Bhadri and Manoj Kumar Beniwal, all residents of New Delhi, for obtaining credit card details of customers of various banks and withdrawn amount.
The accused used to make calls to customers, lured them that reward points would be added to the card and that the surplus reward points could be encashed through gifts and that they would get discounts on their cards. After obtaining all the required details of credit card, the fraudsters indulged in shopping at e-commerce portals.
After deducting thousands of rupees from the credit card, they send a combo pack gift consisting cheap products worth few hundred rupees. In these two cases, the accused cheated the complainants to the tune of `80,000.
Similarly, the CCS police arrested five offenders for cheating hundreds of gullible customers all over India on the pretext of providing bonus for insurance policies belonging to them by stating that their policies have matured long back.
In this case, they cheated the complainant T Mallaiah, 71 to the tune of `8,30,000 stating that his insurance policy has matured and he would get bonus on it.