Agra Police busts cyber fraud gang; kingpin, aide absconding…

Agra Police has busted a gang of international cyber crooks. The gang has allegedly defrauded over 10,000 people in the last 10 years and obtained over Rs 250 crore from them.

The Agra Police has busted a gang of international cyber crooks from a posh locality of the city. The gang has allegedly defrauded more than 10,000 people in the last 10 years and obtained more than Rs 250 crore from them.

A Satish Ganesh, Inspector General of Police, Agra (Range), told India Today TV that the kingpin, identified as John Stanley, and mastermind Dixon-Francis are absconding, but police have arrested other members of the gang, including a Nigerian national.

The arrested men revealed that they had been cheating people by posing as foreign women on social media platforms. They also made fake websites of insurance companies and banks to steal login data from “unsuspecting users”.

A Satish Ganesh said that the gang has recently stolen Rs 1.32 crore from a retired Army jawan, Pratap Singh. In India, the gang has defrauded people from Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan.

Out of the four arrested gang members, three are Indians, and one is a Nigerian national. The inspector general of police said that Pratap Singh had reported the gang’s activities to the cyber cell after being cheated by them.

The scammers had promised Pratap Singh to approve his insurance policy. The accused had asked him to deposit Rs 1.34 crore in several bank accounts; once done they disappeared. During investigation, the cyber cell arrested the gang members.

The arrested men include Benson (Nigerian national), Tarun Yadav from Ghaziabad, and Mohd Asif and Jaspal Singh from Sambhal. John Stanley and Dixon-Francis are absconding and a police hunt is underway.

Benson arrived in India in 2015 and took admission in an engineering college in Bhopal. He obtained a one-year diploma in graphics and he has been illegally staying in India even after his visa expired.

Benson is an expert in Web Design and can clone any website very quickly. He had prepared the fake insurance websites. The police have found three laptops, a POS machine, 24 cellphones, 15 bank passbooks, 40 ATM cards, 24 chequebooks, three Internet dongles and two high-capacity external hard drives from him.

Police have also seized 14 ID cards, a diary containing details of hundreds of bank account holders and a laptop with dozens of hacking software from Tarun Yadav’s possession.

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