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Canada 32 arrested in India after allegedly posing as Canadian officials in call centre fraud

19:07  18 november  2019
19:07  18 november  2019 Source:   globalnews.ca

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New Delhi: A fake call centre was busted and 32 people were arrested for being allegedly involved in duping foreign nationals by posing as Canadian police officials , police said on Sunday. Fifty-five computers

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a hand holding a cellphone: The alleged phone scam targeted Canadian citizens, according to Indian authorities.© THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP The alleged phone scam targeted Canadian citizens, according to Indian authorities.

Police in India have arrested 32 people who allegedly posed as Canadian officials in a call centre phone fraud scheme targeting Canadians.

In a press release issued Sunday, Delhi police said they had arrested 32 "white-collar criminals" and seized 55 computers along with dozens of cellphones, internet routers and "illegal software" being used in what they described as a "swanky international cheating scam call centre targeting Canada citizens."

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The Delhi Police has busted a call centre and arrested 32 people for their alleged involved in duping foreign nationals by posing as Canadian police officials . Police have also seized 35 mobile phones and 55 illegal software programmes along with other equipment from a building in Moti Nagar area of

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All of those arrested are residents of India and between the ages of 18 and 38, according to the statement.

The Delhi police alleged the scheme has been targeting Canadian citizens by claiming their social insurance numbers had been compromised.

Canadian police, as well as the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre, have for months warned about escalations and evolutions of telephone scams that have targeted Canadians for years through a range of methods, including posing as officials from the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) as well as other federal departments.

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The arrests were made on Friday after police raided a “fake call center ” in DLF Industrial Area of Moti Nagar based on a tip. Thirty-two men were arrested in west Delhi for allegedly duping and threatening Canadians with arrest over non-existent violations on their social insurance number (SIN).

One of the call centres raided by Thane Police. “In connection with the scheme, 20 individuals were arrested today in the United States and 32 individuals and five call centres in India were charged “The co-conspirators allegedly used hawalas, in which money is transferred internationally outside of

These calls, many of which authorities have said originate abroad, typically claim the target has violated some rule, such as not paying proper taxes, and is liable to prosecution if they do not immediately hand over personal information or a wire transfer for the claimed offending amount.

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“These calls come in waves, and we are seeing one of those spikes more recently,” says Jeff Thomson, a senior RCMP intelligence analyst working for the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre, in an interview with Global News earlier this month.

Thomson has been raising the alarm about an increase in what are known as "spoofed" calls in which scammers have been able to use software to make their call appear as if it is coming from a legitimate government department of business.

The problem has prompted the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission to order telecom companies to upgrade their systems by next month in an attempt to mitigate the impact of these spoofed calls.

But it is one that experts have stressed is highly complex and challenging to fully address.

The RCMP have previously said they are working with Indian authorities to try to crack down on call centres originating in that country and last year said a total of 19 call centres had been dismantled for involvement in CRA-type schemes.

But the force also said the scam had so far cost roughly 4,000 victims about $15.2 million.

Delhi police noted the involvement of Canadian police in probing the matter but did not specify to what extent authorities may have co-operated in the investigation apart from noting that some information had been shared and "sources were deployed."

Global News has reached out to the RCMP and this story will be updated with any received response.

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