4 people detained for deceiving people through fake banking websites: Delhi police

Four men have been arrested for allegedly tricking people into redeeming credit card rewards points and providing other services by creating fake banking websites and toll-free phone numbers, the police said on Wednesday. Delhi police.

The defendants were identified as Ankit Gujral (26) and Himanshu (28), residents of Uttam Nagar in Delhi, and Ashish (23) and Faizan, residents of Uttar Pradesh, they said.

A fake private bank website was created and calls were made to customers through a mobile app. Links to the fake website were sent to customers, who were persuaded to provide their credit card details, police said.

So far, the defendants have been found involved in defrauding several people across the country to the tune of Rs 50 lakh, they added.

According to one complainant, police said he received an anonymous call and was told by the caller that a service had been activated on his credit card and the corresponding charge was 2,400 rupees.

The complainant asked the caller to stop the service, after which he received a link. After clicking on the link, he was asked to provide his credit card details and subsequently an amount of Rs 37,420 was deducted from his credit card, police said.

During the investigation, the defendants were found to be operating from various locations in West Delhi. Raids were carried out and Ashish was arrested. Several mobile phones and SIM cards were seized in his possession, said a senior police officer.

Subsequently, Gujral, Himanshu and Faizan were also arrested, police said.

The defendants told police they were involved in calling credit card holders from a particular bank under the guise of discussing rewards points, limit increases and other services. The accused also had a habit of sending links to fake banking websites to gullible customers, police said.

The accused told police he used an app to call from a phone number similar to the one listed on credit cards to gain the trust of victims. After receiving credit card details and one-time passwords (OTPs), the money was transferred to various wallets and bank accounts. It was later removed and handed over to Gujral, police said.

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