Hyderabad: Three residents of Siliguri in West Bengal were arrested by Cyberabad police on Friday for their involvement in an alleged dating racket run by atleast eight persons. Victims of the racket were honey-trapped by a few trained woman telecallers.
At a press conference, Cyberabad police commissioner VC Sajjanar said that the three accused- Bijay Kumar Sah, Binod Kumar Sah and Mohammed Nur Alam Ansari were arrested while the prime accused, Santu Das, Amit Paul and Sushank Kumar Sah are at large.
The police also issued notices to telecallers Deepa Haldar and Shikha Haldar to appear before police for investigation.
The Cyberabad police said that since September, it has received two complaints from victims who were duped into paying huge sums of money by the accused.
Explaining the modus operandi, Sajjanar said that the dating sites www.spicyfriendship.com and www.thedatershub.com were accessed by the victims after they came across their advertisements on social media. “After the victims shared their phone numbers on these sites, they received a call from a woman telecaller. For the services, the victims were first made to pay a registration fee of Rs 1,500. The accused later collected lakhs of rupees on various pretexts,” Sajjanar said.
According to police, one of the victims paid Rs 14 lakh to the accused, while in another case the victim lost Rs 1.15 lakh.
During investigation, city cyber crime sleuths traced the phone calls to Siliguri in West Bengal and found that it was an organised racket with call centers set up to honeytrap the victims. “We formed small teams and conducted a recce near the call center in Siliguri.
Later, we nabbed the supervisors Bijay Kumar, Binod Kumar and Nur,” cyber crime inspector Ravinder Reddy said.
Amit and Sushank had taken the call center on lease from Santu Das in Siliguri.