Cyber crime: Cops book 6 for theft of US citizens' money, bank details

A day after arresting five persons and busting an alleged international racket of stealing bank details of US nationals and allegedly duping them to the tune of Rs 30 lakh, the Detection of Crime Branch (DCB) of Rajkot city police on Sunday said they suspect that the local handler of the group had also faked documents to get the SIM card for a cellular connection.

"We are looking for one Jay Patel from Ahmedabad. During investigation, we have come to know that his SIM card had been bought by producing documents with a Surat address. We suspect these documents to be fake," DCB police inspector Vishwarajsinh Jadeja said on Sunday. "We do not know the exact whereabouts of Jay, but the search is on," Jadeja added.

The DCB claims an American, identified as Brayan Jones, would steal bank details of those US citizens who had applied for loans. He would pass the details to Jay in Ahmedabad who, in turn, would supplying the data to his fellow racketeers in Rajkot. These people in Rajkot would contact the US nationals via Internet, telling them their loan have been sanctioned. They would ask them to deposit $100 to 200 in a Vanilla Reload Card towards charges and processing fees.

After getting the money, Jones would send it to Jay, who in turn would send Amit, Kishor and Jaywadan their share, police said. The group allegedly used faked IDs on Skype, an instant messaging service that works on a voice-over IP platform, to contact unsuspecting victims.

Police also claim Amit, Kishor and Jaywadan were running the racket for the past six months and had duped 1,500 persons of approximately Rs 30 lakh ($41,000 approx), but a second group, comprising Ravi and Jaydip, did not have meet with much success. They had joined the network recently, police said.

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