Publish Date: | Wed, 29 Jun 2022 04:25 AM (IST)
Indore Crime News : Indore (Naiduniya Representative). Karan Bhatt, accused of duping US citizens by becoming a Social Security Number (SSN) officer, used to buy data of US citizens from the darknet. The amount collected by intimidation was deposited in fake accounts of China, Hong Kong, Peru and brought to India through hawala. Karan also mentioned the names of two accused involved in hawala and cheating.
According to Rajesh Hingankar, Additional Commissioner of Police (Crime), there was a reward of 10 thousand rupees on the arrest of Karan Bhatt Pushpak Apartment Ghorasar (Ahmedabad). In November 2020, a case of cheating was registered against 22 people including Karan. The accused used to run a fake call center in the name of Yashi Infotech in OK Central Building (Nipania). On Tuesday, he was produced in the district court and was taken on remand.
He told that he lived in Delhi, Punjab, Gujarat, Goa and Maharashtra during the absconding. Three months ago, he opened a call center in IT Park Chandigarh with partner Harsh Bhavsar. The accused and his employees were taking money from South American citizens posing as SSN officers.
According to DCP (Crime) Nimish Aggarwal, Karan told that he had bought the data of American citizens from the darknet. With the help of the accused Ibeen software, he used to make international calls in big cities like California, New York, Virginia, Ohio, Georgia. Used to send voice messages through text to speech website. The employees working in the call center used to talk as SSN officers.
He used to recover in the form of dollars by telling them to be involved in cases like drug trafficking, check fraud, bank fraud, identity theft. This amount was deposited in fake accounts of China, Hong Kong, Peru, which Vatsalya Mehta provided. Vatsalya used to give money to Karan and his partner Harsh Bhavsar through hawala.
three stages of fraud
Caller: Employees Sandeep, Yash Prajapati, Himanshu Sanchala, Akshat Sanchala, Chanchal Mishra used to call American citizens and threaten to indulge in different crimes. Manager Joshi Vattaparbil Francis used to support.
Closure: Accused Mehul Patel used to close the case by threatening the fine. The settlement amount was deposited in the accounts of China, Hong Kong and Peru.
money transfer : The accused Vatsalya used to get the amount deposited in foreign accounts to India through hawala. He used to give 30 to 40 percent commission to Karan and Harsh.