Harshal Shah, a resident of Vadaj, was arrested on suspicion of operating a fake call centre from his Simandhar Estate home. Shah is alleged of defrauding US citizens by contacting them from his house and promising them low-cost loans.
Vadaj police official,PrakashSingh SurSingh, who registered a complaint against Shah for cheating, breach of trust and cheating by impersonation, said “ Shah would pretend to be an employee of a US bank and offer loans. He had been running the ‘con call centre’ for four months”. Vadaj police accompanied by two witnesses raided the house of Shah who had stored illegal liquor in his house. During the search operation, police found five bottles of Indian-Made Foreign Liquor (IMFL) in the house. The police team said that they found a laptop displaying some numbers at the house during the raid.
During interrogation, Police official said, “Shah told police that he used to call US citizens on Zoom and offer them cheap loans. He used to collect money from the American victims through gift cards”.
The police requisitioned the services of a computer expert who checked the data on the laptop. The expert told the police squad that the device included phone numbers of US citizens and letterheads of US banks. Late on Wednesday night, police detained Shah and filed a complaint against him.
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