Delhi: 19 people, , including seven women, have been arrested by the Te Delhi Police for allegedly impersonating US officials from the Department of the Treasury and cheating American citizens on the pretext of providing free grants, officials said on Wednesday.
As per reports, the accused persons were operating through an illegal call center in south Delhi's Malviya Nagar area, they said. Police got information through an e-mail regarding the call center, following which they conducted a raid and nabbed the accused persons, a senior police officer said. The call center was running since January this year in a rented basement.
Sixteen people were reportedly found engaged in calling customers based in the US by impersonating officials from the US Department of the Treasury, who provide free grants to selective citizens.
On examination of the alleged persons, it was revealed that they were procuring gift cards given by victims illegally and cheating US citizens, police said. On average, three US citizens were being cheated every day from around Rs 50,000 to Rs 75,000. Further investigation is underway, police said, adding that 22 computers, 21 mobile phones, among other things, were recovered from their possession.