Call centre staffer held for duping people

The Crime Branch of Delhi Police has arrested a call centre employee involved in a fake insurance scam, wherein many people across India were cheated on the pretext of providing huge dividends on an existing insurance policy. Accused Atul Sharma, 23, also opened bank accounts on the basis of fake identities to deposit the money received from the victims.

Joint Commissioner of Police, Crime Branch, Rajendra Yadav said: “We received a large number of complaints that some Delhi and NCR-based people were duping people all over India. Accordingly, a trap was laid by a Crime Branch team and Sharma was nabbed from his residence in Ghaziabad.”

Sharma, an employee of a call center related to insurance companies, would procure all data related to the policies of victims, including contact numbers. He would then call the victims and introduce himself as the Zonal Officer of their insurance company. Sharma would persuade the victims to deposit money in the form of refundable fees in bank accounts that he had opened on the basis of fake documents.

Once the victims deposited money, Sharma would tell them that the dividend on their policies had increased and so they needed to deposit the increased charges. He also roped in another colleague, Tarun Sharma, in the fraud. The two started cheating people all over India while posing as officials of insurance companies.

In the latest incident, a senior citizen was duped of Rs 8.50 lakh. Saran Das Sharma of Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, deposited the money over a period of three months before realising that he had been cheated. He then registered a case in the Shimla (East) Police Station.

The details of other victims are being verified through bank statements of the accused and call detail record (CDR) analysis. An FIR has been filed under Section 420 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). Two mobile phones and a SIM Card were also recovered from the possession of the accused.

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