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Gujarat: Police Arrests Man For International Online Scam

| Updated: April 19, 2023 17:30

Ahmedabad Cyber Crime Cell has arrested a man named Ravindra, also known as Ravi Patel, for his alleged involvement in an international online fraud scam operated from Dubai by a Pakistani woman named Haika. 

According to reports, the accused was working as an agent for Haika and supplied SIM cards from Ahmedabad and Vadodara to Dubai by packing them in sweet boxes and sending them through passenger flights from Ahmedabad airport.

The arrest came after a complaint was filed by Pratik Patel on March 28th, stating that he had that he received text messages and advertisements from various phone numbers and social media platforms. The accused had paid the initial two to three instalments regularly but later resorted to cheating, resulting in a loss of Rs 46 lakh for the complainant, Pankaj Patel.

During the investigation, the Cyber Crime Cell found that the SIM card used by the accused was issued from Vadodara and was connected to his bank account. The network was active in Dubai and operated by Haika. It was alleged that Ravi Patel, who lived in Ahmedabad’s Kathvada, was working as an agent for Gujarat and had sent 60 SIM cards to Dubai in this manner.

It was also revealed that the accused had been deported by Dubai police from Dubai in 2021 for staying in Dubai beyond the duration of his visa. The Ahmedabad Cyber Crime Cell has booked the accused under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code and the Information Technology Act. Further investigations are underway to identify and apprehend other individuals involved in the international online fraud scam.

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