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Call centre racket busted in Hyderabad, 62 arrested

Hyderabad Police Commissioner Anjani Kumar and other officials presenting the seized material before the media

The police seized Rs 80,000 cash, two laptops, 34 wireless phones, 42 mobile phones and 21 SIM cards from their possession.

Call centre – As many as sixty two persons working with Elite Connect Care Private Limited, who allegedly cheated hundreds of gullible persons on the pretext of offering loans, were caught by the Hyderabad city police on Monday.

The police seized Rs 80,000 cash, two laptops, 34 wireless phones, 42 mobile phones and 21 SIM cards from their possession. Police officials said that the gang had cheated about 600 customers to the tune of Rs. 25 crore so far, which prompted them to freeze all the bank accounts that were operated by the company.

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A few of the accused persons were identified as managers Asha Kumari Amaraneni (38) and Rangaswamy Gopi (27), team leaders Janumpally Bhoopal Reddy (22), Beloori Sai Ram (22), Gorre Naresh Yadav (21), Mahajabeen Khan (22), Vijaya Laxmi (21) and Rachamalla Apoorva (25) of Shamshabad. The remaining persons were call centre executives and were issued notices under Section 41 CrPC by the police.

Call Centre for loans

Hyderabad Commissioner Anjani Kumar said that the tele-callers called public over phones and assured them of loans from Mahindra Finance Company at low interest rate.

“Asha Kumari and Rangaswamy Gopi set up two call centres and recruited 60 tele-callers and team leaders. The tele-callers called up people on the pretext of providing loans of up to Rs 10 lakh and collected details related to PAN card, Aadhar card, debit card along with the OTP number. Using the debit card details and OTP passwords, they transferred money from the accounts of the victims to Just Dial Pay U e-commerce site and from there to various bank accounts,” said the Commissioner.

He added that the prime accused in the case, Asha Kumari, and Gopi later withdrew the money and used it for various purposes. A few more accused in the case are absconding and efforts are on to nab them, the police said. However, the police expect the number of victims to go up as the racket appears to be bigger.

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