Police escort call centre staff arrested for duping US citizens. Reuters file 28 Oct 2016 | 9:32 AM
WASHINGTON: The five Indian call centres charged with defrauding thousands of Americans, stole more than USD 300 million from their victims, US Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson has said.[ + read story ]
Washington, October 28
The five Indian call centres charged with defrauding thousands of Americans, stole more than USD 300 million from their victims, US Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson has said.
The official on Thursday said an inter-agency effort resulted in the indictment of all five call centres and 56 people, including 31 from India, as well as the arrest of 20 others in the US, most of whom are Indians.
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Johnson said these were “engaged in defrauding thousands of victims, stealing more than a total of USD 300 million.”
The scheme involved a network of call centres based in Ahmedabad, where associates of the ring would call victims in the US impersonating Department of Homeland Security, Internal Revenue Services, or other government officials, demanding payment in order to clear fictitious arrest warrants, orders of deportation, or unpaid income tax, Johnson said.
The five Ahmedabad-based call centres that made calls to people living in the US are Hglobal, Call Mantra, Worldwide Solution, Zoriion Communications and Sharma BPO Services.
The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA), Department of Homeland Security, Department of Justice, the Internal Revenue Service and the Federal Trade Commission announced the indictments, the result of a three-year investigation that was the largest single domestic law enforcement action connected with the impersonation scam.
“To date, more than 1.8 million people have reported to TIGTA that they have received an impersonation call; more than 9,600 victims reported that they paid the impersonators a total amount that exceeded USD 50 million,” TIGTA Inspector General J Russell George said.
“The largest single amount paid as a result of the IRS impersonation scam as charged in the indictment is USD 136,000, paid by a victim in California,” George said.
The US Senate Aging Committee, that studies issues related to older Americans, received more than 1,100 calls from senior citizens across the country on its fraud hotline in 2015.
The most common complaint reported to the fraud hotline continues to be the IRS impersonation scam. PTI
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