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The Intelligence Fusion and Strategic Operations (IFSO) unit of the Delhi Police Special Cell has arrested four fraudsters of the gang who duped people across the country in the name of maturing their lapsed insurance policies.
The accused have been identified as gang leader Mehtab Alam (33), Sartaj Khan (31), Mohd Junaid (29) and Deen Mohd (27). To win the trust of the victims, the accused used to send letters signed by the names of top officials of RBI, IRDA, Insurance Ombudsman including Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman to the victims. After this, he used to extort money by talking about getting the amount of the matured policy. Police have recovered seven mobiles, laptops, list of three thousand insurance holders, bank accounts of the accused and chats between the victims from the accused.
During about one and a half years, the accused have cheated hundreds of people of crores of rupees. Prashant Gautam, Deputy Commissioner of Police, IFSO Unit, said that a complaint was given to the Delhi Police Commissioner on behalf of the Ministry of Finance. It was told in this that some people are cheating by using the name of the ministry. Even the name and signature of the Finance Minister is being used. Similarly, forgery was being done in the name of other institutions like IBI.
Some more complaints were received by the Commissioner of Police. A businessman from Varanasi was also duped of Rs 1.27 lakh in the name of maturing a lapsed insurance policy. The victim was first informed about the closed policy by calling. Thereafter an email was sent to the email id from a site similar to the official website of RBI. The victim was told that Rs 12.46 lakh has been sanctioned on his policy. If you want to take money, then you will have to pay 44 thousand rupees in the name of processing fee. On this the victim immediately gave Rs.
After this, 27 thousand were taken from him in the name of NOC. Later, a fake check was sent to the victim, but the accused told the victim that the check would be cashed when he would pay another Rs 52,000 in the name of final fund release. The victim also gave this money. On realizing the fraud, the IFSO unit registered a case on the complaint of the victim. The team of SI Sunil, Sushil Kumar and others traced the location of the accused on the basis of technical surveillance and bank details. The police raided different places and nabbed four accused, including mastermind Mehtab Alam, from Mustafabad and Sonia Vihar in North-East Delhi. Sartaj and Junaid are real brothers among the accused.
This is how the accused used to cheat
Mehtab told that he is a resident of Chandpur, Bijnor, UP. After graduating from UP, he came to Delhi. Here he worked in the insurance sector. From here he came to know about the fraud. He prepared the other three for cheating. Mehtab created a website similar to the government website. Rest of the people have also worked in insurance companies. All three collected the data of the insured. Later called those people whose policy was closed for one reason or the other. By giving big greed to everyone, the trust was won through fake documents. After this, instead of giving money, they took money.