Ahmedabad cops raid call centre, arrest 10

Ahmedabad, Nov 19 (IANS) Ahmedabad Crime Branch sleuths on Saturday raided a call centre here and arrested 10 persons in connection with a Rs 500 crore scam in which fraud calls were made from India to con US citizens out of money.

Located in a shopping mall, the call centre was owned by one Pritesh Joshi, who along with nine of his employees, was arrested on Saturday.

A police officer said there were reports that the call centre which started almost two months ago was being used to dupe US citizens.

The scam came to light after Mumbai police raided two call centres in Thane and arrested at least 70 persons in October.

The call centre employees would pose as officers of the US’ Internal Revenue Service, threaten them with arrest for tax default and persuade them to make online payments to escape landing behind bars.