pri Pan-India Fraud To Phone (F2P) Network Neutralised Pan-India Fraud To Phone (F2P) Network Neutralised

MHA’s CyberSafe is a comprehensive system meant to tackle digital frauds and making digital payments secure. Glad to share that this app leads to the neutralisation of a pan-India Fraud Gang spread over 18 States/UTs.

Joint Operations by MHA’s FCORD, MP police and several State Police Forces

A case of cyber fraud of Rs. 6.5 lakh was reported on June 11 by a 78-year old Udaipur resident to CyberSafe. The F2P caller was operating from Jharkhand.

Tracking via the FCORD-run CyberSafe app revealed that the funds were directly credited to 3 SBI cards, which were used to buy 33 expensive China-made Xiaomi POCO M3 mobile phones from Flipkart.

Within minutes the addresses where these were delivered in Balaghat (MP) were identified and SP Balaghat informed. MP police was most efficient in detaining the mastermind and all 33 new phones and several more were seized from him. The F2P gang bought these phones for about Rs.10,000 each and sold them in the black market for 5-10% discount. Jharkhand police has arrested the F2P caller.

This F2P Gang had several hundred operatives who were running different legs of the transactions which involved OTP fraud, Credit Cards frauds, e-Commerce frauds, fake IDs, fake mobile numbers, fake addresses, black marketing, tax evasion, money laundering and habitually dealing with stolen goods.

In all, 8 F2P Gang masterminds (MP 2, Jharkhand 4, AP-2) have been arrested and nearly 300 new mobile phones bought from stolen funds seized. Further, 900 cell phones, 1000 bank accounts and hundreds of UPI and e-commerce IDs of this gang were identified and are under investigation, while nearly 100 bank accounts and debit/credit cards were frozen. The operation against the F2P Gang has expanded to 18 States and 350 persons now and is ongoing.

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