By FnF Correspondent | PUBLISHED: 23, Oct 2023, 18:44 pm IST | UPDATED: 23, Oct 2023, 18:44 pm IST
Detailing the gang's modus operandi, the Delhi Police exposed how the accused operated through a network of fake companies. These fake companies would establish seemingly legitimate front offices at reputable locations, staffed by a small number of individuals. Unsuspecting visitors would be led to believe these were genuine businesses.
The accused would then invite people to these offices, where they allegedly charged substantial consultation fees under the guise of facilitating Dubai visas. The gang sourced data from Dubai-based companies on online job platforms, ultimately defrauding hundreds of individuals.
Once approximately a hundred victims had been ensnared, the gang would promptly shut down their offices and disappear. They replicated this pattern at new locations, establishing new offices. This fraudulent operation had been ongoing for four to five years. The accused also promoted their company through social media platforms.
Determining the exact number of victims remains a challenge, as many refrained from reporting the fraud since the accused would return their passports. Notably, the gang created a website through Go Daddy and concocted profiles on naukri.com, which went unchecked.
During the police raid, approximately 110 passports with counterfeit stamps were discovered. The misuse of Aadhaar cards played a pivotal role in their operation, as fake Aadhaar cards were forged for two individuals in their office who were from Nepal.
This incident follows a prior raid by Delhi Police, where they uncovered a cyber gang that had been deceiving people under the guise of the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) scheme.
The raid was triggered by a complaint from an individual who was duped of Rs 50,000 after filling out a form on www.DDAHOUSING.com, ostensibly regarding flat bookings. The complainant received a call from an individual claiming to be a senior DDA official, who assured him that his application had been approved, but he needed to deposit Rs 50,000. Suspicion arose, leading to a police complaint, and four individuals were subsequently arrested.