CHENNAI: Be careful if you receive a phone call promising a low-interest loan!
Central Crime Branch (CCB) bank fraud detectives arrested three men who ran a fake call center that defrauded people.
The three kingpins were identified as R Thiyagarajan, 38, from Salem and his collaborators V Gopinath, 28, from Saidapet and R Manibala, 22, from Villupuram. Police said Thiyagarajan is linked to Selva aka Selva Kumar, who was arrested in March this year on a similar case.
Following a lead, the police team searched two call centers on LB Road in Adyar and Perungudi.
“The trio had reportedly appointed more than 50 employees to phone as intermediaries for banking and other financial institutions that offer personal loans. They would ask the victims to,”
deposit an amount of money to obtain a loan in lakhs and later transfer the money to their accounts. For example, they would ask the victim to deposit 50,000 rupees in order to obtain a minimum balance on a loan of 5 lakh rupees. As soon as the bank details are in, they would send an OTP and transfer the money to their e-wallets, ”said the policeman.
They later called the customer saying the loan was declined for lack of documentation and then turned off their phones.
The CCB has arrested 26 people so far based on complaints from more than 365 people in similar cases alleging that around 1 billion rupees had been defrauded. Further investigations are ongoing.
The police also warned the public to remain vigilant about such scammers.