Cyberabad police raided fake Dhani Loan Bazar call centre in Noida, 14 arrested

The gang was involved in nine cases in the Cyberabad commissionerate, five cases in other districts of Telangana, and 13 cases in other states.

By Newsmeter Network  Published on  2 Dec 2021 1:04 PM GMT
Cyberabad police raided fake Dhani Loan Bazar call centre in Noida, 14 arrested

Hyderabad: The Cyberabad cyber crime police raided a fake call centre operating from Sector-63, Noida, and arrested 14 persons, including seven women, on Thursday. The call centre was operating in the name of Dhani Loan Bazaar (www. dhanibazaarloan.in and www.theloanindia.in). They posed as a lending platform and cheated people to the tune of lakhs of rupees.

The gang was involved in nine cases in the Cyberabad commissionerate, five cases in other districts of Telangana, and 13 cases in other states. The gang also used to make calls in the name of The Loan India, Paisa Loan Hub, and Mudra Loan Finance.

In October, the gang had cheated a man to the tune of over Rs. 2 crore. The victim had visited Dhani Loan Bazaar's (DLB) website and entered his details like name, mobile number, email address, loan amount required, and type of loan in the application form. On 17 October, he received a call from Deepak Sharma, an executive of DLB, who asked him to share his PAN, Aadhaar, and pay slips through WhatsApp.

The fraudster informed the complainant that he was eligible for a personal loan of Rs. 5 lakh. He then asked money for different charges such as processing fees, insurance fee, GST, loan application fee, subsidies, and electronic clearance charges. The victim transferred Rs. 2,17,366 in nine different transactions.

The arrested persons have been identified as Rajendra Kumar, Brijesh Kumar Thakur, Akash Bhati, Nitin Kumar, Hemalata, Ritik Singh, Hemant Rawat, Radhika Yadav, Sadhana Kumari, Sarswati Halder, Kajal Singh, Nisha Varun, Kanchan Singh, and Puthan. Two others, Abishek Mishra and Abishek Mishra, are absconding. The police seized three laptops, 37 mobile phones, SIM cards, and ATM cards from the gang.

Abishek Mishra along with Rajendra Kumar and Brijesh Kumar Thakur had opened a call centre in Sector-63, Noida. They had purchased used mobile phones and laptops. Akash Bhati gathered data of loan applicants from Dileep Kumar who in turn developed fake websites in the name of popular lending websites like DLB. Meanwhile, Nitin Kumar arranged bank accounts and withdrew money and Hemalata conducted interviews, recruited tele-callers, and trained them on how to speak with the victims. Ritik Singh and Hemant Rawat sent loan approval and follow-up letters to victims for confirmation.

The Cyberabad police have advised people against responding to calls from lending companies that ask for money in the guise of providing loans. Do not share your PAN, Aadhar card, and other details with anyone over WhatsApp, they said.

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