Thane call centre IRS con claims life of US woman
THANE,Oct8: The multi-million dollar call center racket allegedly claimed the life of an elderlyAmerican woman, who was threatened after refusing to meet the demands of the call centre employees posing as US revenue officials.
According to Thane police commissioner Param Bir Singh, who is credited with exposing the racket, the probe team hit upon the vital information when it was scanning the seized call record hard disks.
The unidentified American national is said to have died after allegedly suffering a stroke following a threatening call by an employee, Singh told a section of media here yesterday without elaborating further.
The incident was revealed from a call record wherein the son of the woman is heard abusing the caller for the death of his mother.
The probe team is trying to locate the call (its place and time) and fix the employee in question after which the police is likely to slap additional charges under section 304 of the IPC on the accused, he said.
The callers used to seek financial and bank details of US citizens and if the victims refused the information, they would allegedly threaten them with dire consequences including legal action and penalties.
The racket was exposed after city police raided three call centres, which were run illegally at the premises of Hari Om IT Park, Universal Outsourcing Services and Oswal House in Mira Road locality in Thane district, on Tuesday night.
The callers used to make calls to people in the US and conned them after speaking in American accent by posing as officials of US Internal Revenue Service.