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Major Call Centre Scam Unearthed in Maharashtra: 23 Arrested for Cheating Canadians

The suspects utilized various applications such as X-Lite, Eyebeam, and X-ten to unlawfully acquire the contact information of numerous Canadian citizens, according to an official statement.
 
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Latest Updates: A fake call centre operating in Maharashtra's Palghar district has been exposed by the police, accused of cheating people in Canada and coercing them into making payments for non-existent online purchases. A total of 23 individuals have been arrested in connection with this fraudulent operation.

Acting on a tip-off, the police conducted a raid on the call centre, which was located in six flats within a housing complex in Nane village, Wada taluka. The call centre had deliberately chosen this setup to avoid arousing suspicion from security agencies. Superintendent of Police (Rural) Balasaheb Patil provided these details.

The accused employed various applications like X-Lite, Eyebeam, and X-ten to illegally obtain the contact information of Canadian citizens. Their modus operandi involved calling individuals regarding fictitious online purchase orders. These victims, who had not actually made any such purchases, were then directed to contact the fake call centre.

Employees at the call centre were given a specific script to interact with the victims. If the victims resisted or ignored their demands, the accused would resort to threats of criminal and legal consequences, pressuring them into making payments through different means, including Bitcoin.

This bust serves as a significant crackdown on the fraudulent activities of the call centre, putting an end to their illicit operations and ensuring justice for the victims who were deceived and coerced into making unwarranted payments.

In order to avoid detection, the accused resorted to making "voice calls and robotic calls," according to the police. Their fraudulent activities primarily targeted individuals in Canada, but the authorities suspect that they may have also targeted people in other countries.

After the raid on the call centre, 23 individuals were apprehended by the police. However, it is believed that four additional individuals were involved in the ongoing scam, and efforts are underway to locate them.

The accused have been charged under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code, the Information Technology Act, and the Indian Telegraph Act, as stated by Senior Inspector Suresh Kadam of Wada police station.

The investigation into the case is still ongoing, as the police continue to gather evidence and gather information about the extent of the fraudulent activities carried out by the accused.