The Delhi Police Cyber Cell has busted an embedded syndicate of international loan scammers who tricked people with loan offers through an app.
On April 15, Anurag Halder, a resident of Sodepur, Kolkata, West Bengal, filed a lawsuit alleging that his family were threatened by unidentified people through international and domestic WhatsApp mobile numbers for the repayment of a loan taken by “Cash Advance Ha”. , which was an unauthorized Chinese microfinance company, police said.
When Haldar informed the company that no such amount had been taken from anyone, the callers threatened and abused him. Subsequently, the Delhi police took over the investigation.
After further investigation of the cellphone call detail records (CDRs), police discovered that the accused had called the victims via fraudulently obtained WhatsApp numbers. The mobile phone users were from West Bengal and Assam.
DCP (Crime Branch) Rohit Meena said investigation revealed that one of the accused was near Delhi-Gurugram border area, following which, police raided Sala Pur Khera area of Bijwashan, from where Sonu Singh, 22, one of the accused was arrested. Police said Sonu worked as a debt collector for a China-based microfinance company. Police then arrested another defendant, Vikash Kumar, 24, as well.
DCP said Kumar led a team that called loan seekers, who had borrowed their app. Kumar then sent threatening messages to the victims’ contact list.