The cyber cell of the Ahmedabad Police nabbed two youth from Rakhial for cheating several people of crores of rupees through a Paytm KYC scam. The duo was part of an inter-state gang that was operating across the country.
Cops have recovered Rs58.20 lakh in cash from the two, ownership documents of two shops, two mobile phones, SIM slot box and 37 sim cards and dongles.
It has also emerged that the two also cheated 10 people by luring them into a cheap Vivo phone scheme offer.
The two arrested have been identified as Sohail Khan Pathan and Mohsin Khan Pathan. While Sohail has studied up to class 12, Mohsin is a class 10 dropout.
Police said Sohail was in constant touch with cyber thugs in Bihar, Jharkhand and West Bengal through mobile.
How the Paytm scam was perpetuated
Police said Sohail brought the data of customers in Gujarat, Maharashtra, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand, Rajasthan, Punjab and Delhi from Dialmer 24 by posing as a seller of ayurvedic medicine.
He would send a message for Paytm KYC update on the phone numbers he got from the site. Those who responded to the same, he would convince them to download an application and after gaining access through it would get the money transferred online from their account.
He was paid Rs 6000 for every message blast. He put the money earned in different bank accounts.
He used 4G SMS Gateway (Simbox) to send the message. The Simbox allowed for 512 SIM cards to be operated at one go.
He used Horizon’s website to send the fraud messages. The bank account numbers and wallets recovered from Sohail have been frozen by police in various states.
How cops reached Sohail
Sohail was nabbed in connection with a fraud that happened with one Akhbar Khan, a resident of Ahmedabad who is now deceased. Akhbar Khan approached the cyber cell after he was cheated of Rs 98,000 through a Paytm KYC scam.
A probe revealed that the amount that was stolen from Akhbar Khan was deposited in an account that belonged to one Mohsin Pathan. On questioning Mohsin, he said that the account was operated by Sohail.
Police said the inter-state gang is believed to have cheated over 200 people.