TINSUKIA: Tinsukia police made a major breakthrough in cracking the online fraud after 54 phone numbers, including international numbers of the fraudsters, were detected. A total of seven cases have been registered in Tinsukia district alone.
Briefing media persons at his office chamber on Wednesday, Debojit Deori said a high-profile politician and a teacher fell into the fraudsters' dragnet recently. While exhorting media for support, Deori said the police would be able to zero on to them only when victims made contact directly with the details of the bank accounts from which money was transferred to the fraudsters. The fraudsters had coughed up several crores from the victims to the extent that a person had to give away Rs 80 lakh, informed Deuri. Nullifying police involvement in any of these cases, Deuri further informed that the fraudsters even tried to sneak into the police network. He urged general public not to share anything online, even privately, and to delete obscene photographs and videos.
On identifying the location of the calls, the SP said some calls were local while majority were from outside. While checking the list of calls provided by the SP, it has been found that some calls originated from Angola, Benin (USA), New York, Dakota, Canada, Wisconsin, Chicago, Tennessee and Ohio, besides other Indian cities.