Police looking for 2 others in 10-mn UK loan fraud

3 Delhi-based agents were arrested last year, chargesheet filed against them in December

Months after the arrest of three persons involved in duping more than 50,000 UK citizens by promising them easy loans, Delhi Police Special Cell and UK police are looking for two foreign nationals for facilitating the racket. The Delhi Police is also looking for "agents" based in the city who have been operating the racket through 'Liberty Reserve', a hawala transaction website through which the money was wired.

According to police, the men had made about 10 million pounds (Rs 88.36 crore) through a local call centre, 'Max Infotech' based in Pitampura, West Delhi. Police said the arrested men Yasheen Nagpal, Rajat Bayana and Saurabh Gupta had duped UK citizens for more than eight months and have been charged for forgery, cheating and under the IT Act. The chargesheet in the case was filed in a city court in December last year.

Police describe the three as "wizards" in the racket. None of them completed school, but all have degrees in computer technology, police said.

Investigators are looking for Turkey-based Sedat Gunes and Hong Kong-based British national Tonyman. The British High Commission had in September approached Delhi Police seeking a probe into the increasing complaints of online loan frauds in the UK.

Police claim the men had employed 20 people to run the call centre and all of them spoke fluent English with a British accent.

Investigators said the men shortlisted their targets by reading up on websites about loan defaulters in the UK. They accessed their targets' personal details, such as photos, addresses and telephone numbers, before contacting them. The accused used to offer loans without asking for any guarantee.

According to police, the men would ask their targets to purchase a 'Ukash' voucher (an electronic cash company which works on a prepaid system allowing users to purchase cash cards and then spend money online). The Ukash vouchers would range between 90 and 250 pounds. The accused, police said, kept the amount small so that no one follow up on losing a small amount of money. They also knew that a loan defaulter would be apprehensive of approaching the police.

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