THE THANE police, probing the fake call centre scam, has detained two Ahmedabad-based persons for questioning them in connection with their alleged links in the call centre scam. Ahmedabad appears to be the hub of fake call-centres which have sprouted up in the Mira Road – Bhayander stretch in the past few years, according to the police. “Two persons from Ahmedabad have been detained for questioning in connection with the call centre scam. The duo has been brought to the city and depending upon what is revealed during the interrogation, the future course of action will be decided,” a senior officer of the Thane police said.
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Teams from Thane police have been travelling to Ahmedabad after it came to light that most of the fake call centre owners were based in Ahmedabad. So far, police have arrested over 70 persons in the scam and are still on the lookout for the mastermind— Sagar Thakkar alias Shaggy — who is suspected to be holed up in a East European country.
The call centre scam was busted on October 5 when Thane police raided 12 call centres in the Mira Road-Bhayander area where employees would make calls to US citizens posing to be from their Internal Revenue Service (IRS). They would then threaten the US citizens to instantly settle the tax default by making a payment to them.
The police suspect that Ahmedabad was the hub of these call centres and those who were successfully operating these call centres there had then moved to the Mira Bhayander stretch. The US Justice Department too recently charged 61 persons in connection with the IRS scam including several US citizens.