Kolkata cops pick up power bill con gang after Eden IPL ‘party’ | Kolkata News

KOLKATA: The city cops on Thursday evening arrested an 11-member team of fraudsters from Jamtara after KKR’s home match at Eden Gardens. The men, all sporting KKR jerseys, were seated in the G-block stand when they were spotted by detective department officers deployed there.
The sleuths followed them after the match and arrested them when they reached their hotel.
The accused are part of a gang that has duped several citizens by sending alerts on fake electricity bill dues and then siphoned money from accounts. During questioning, the Jamtara gang members, who are wanted for multiple cybercrime cases in the city, said they were on a two-day tour to celebrate after “successfully” meeting their targets. “The gang had bought high-priced tickets to the match,” said joint CP (crime) Shankha Shubhra Chakrabarty.
Cops said while six have been arrested for duping customers in the name of fake electricity bills, the other five have been arrested for fraudulently posing as bank and loan agents to dupe netizens. Cops said the present arrests pertain to two separate cases registered at Thakurpukur and Tollygunge.
“We did not arrest the accused at the stadium as we did not want to create any chaos, even though we had marked their seat numbers. We nabbed all of them once they reached their hotel,” a source said.
“In the case registered at Tollygunge police station, the complainant received a fake CESC SMS, and as soon as he replied to it, he fell prey to the trap. The victim ended up losing Rs 50,000 after the fraudsters took control of his mobile and banking app through remote access. Earlier, four persons were arrested in this case and are now in judicial custody,” said DC (cyber) Atul V.
In the case registered at Thakurpukur police station, the complainant received a call from the fraudsters for a KYC update of her bank account. While she continued the communication, the fraudsters took control of her mobile and banking apps, and siphoned Rs 5 lakh from two bank accounts. “Earlier five persons were arrested in this case from Jamtara,” Atul said.
The cops had exposed how the Jamtara gangs have come up with a new modus operandi of parking the defrauded money into automobile fuel filling cards and e-way toll wallets. The bank fraud section of the detective department carried out raids at Jamtaraand arrested three persons. One of their conduits, residing at Beliaghata, had been arrested earlier. TOI had reported on the fresh modus operandi a few days ago. The fresh arrests have ensured the entire gang has been booked.

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