Rourkela: Police have arrested eight people following a raid on a flat in Uditnagar in Rourkela of Odisha for allegedly organizing an online racketeering to trick people with money.
Police said the accused, claiming to be calling from popular online shopping sites like Naptol, Shuddhi Ayurveda, ShopClues etc., would tell people that they have won cash prizes ranging from Rs 8 lakh to Rs 25 lakh, for which they have to pay 1-2% GST.
Several people paid the defendant money online, hoping to receive the prize money without suspecting that the defendant was not calling online sales companies, but was of cyber frauds who ran the racket from a well-furnished apartment in Uditnagar using 50-55 different mobile phone numbers. with fake SIM cards, four laptops and three color printers.
The mastermind of the racket has been identified as Pritam Kumar from Bihar. The other defendants arrested are from Kerala, Bihar, West Bengal and Andhra Pradesh.
The raid followed a complaint filed by a resident of Chhend. He received a call from an unknown number. The person on the other side claimed to be calling from Naptol and said he had won a cash prize of Rs 25 lakh, for which he had to pay 2% GST, which he paid online to realize later that he had been deceived.
In addition to cell phones, laptops and printers, other items seized from the accused include fake plastic seals, Speed Post barcode stickers, fake scratch off coupons and claim forms. customers of online shopping companies, Rs 60,000 in cash, etc.