The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has registered a case against an accused for conning a US citizen. Identified as Ramavat Shaishav, the accused allegedly contacted a US citizen over phone under a pseudonymous of ‘James Carlson’, introducing himself from a Fraud Department of an MNC falsely informing him that someone had been trying to order a computer using account of the victim (as available on said MNC).
It was further alleged that the accused also misguided the victim that people in four different states had used his social security number to open accounts of the said MNC.
The accused reportedly induced the victim to withdraw cash from his bank accounts and deposit the same in bitcoin at RockitCoin ATM Wallet. He was led to share a QR code falsely informing him that the same was opened by US Treasury for the victim.
The accused also emailed a fake letter on 20.09.2022 purportedly issued by Federal Trade Commission, USA to gain trust of the victim.
In pursuance of the said inducement, the victim allegedly withdrew an amount of US$ 130,000 from his bank accounts on different dates during the period 30.08.2022 to 09.09.2022 and deposited the same in the Bitcoin address provided by the accused.
Subsequently, the same were fraudulently misappropriated by the accused, thereby defrauding the victim. The inputs were received from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, USA.
Searches were conducted at the premises of accused in Ahmedabad which led to recovery and seizure of crypto currencies viz, Bitcoin, Ethereum, Ripple, USDT, etc. worth 9.3 lakh US Dollars (approx) from his crypto wallets and incriminating material.
During searches, the involvement of two other persons, both residents of Ahmedabad have also surfaced.
Searches were also conducted on the premises of said persons which resulted in recovery of mobile phones, laptops containing incriminating material, etc.