People promised money for liking and commenting on YouTube videos, only to find out they had been duped — yet another elaborate work-from-home scam was unearthed by the Delhi Police, who have arrested a man and bound down another in the case.
The accused are Sandeep Dalal (31) and Chanchal Singh (43). While Dalal’s antecedents are being verified, police said Singh has been bound down.
Police have unearthed a bank account to which the cheated money was sent; the account, now frozen, had seen a transaction of Rs 2 crore on a single day. “On further investigation, it was revealed that 48 complaints registered on the National Cybercrime Registration Portal (NCRP) are linked with the recovered bank account,” said DCP (North) Manoj Kumar Meena.
According to police, the case came to light following a complaint on the NCRP by Sadar Bazar resident Deepak Kumar. The complainant alleged that on August 29, he received a WhatsApp message offering a work-from-home job.
“When he expressed interest, he received some YouTube videos and was told to like and comment on them. He completed these tasks and, within a few minutes, received Rs 450 in his bank account. The next day, the complainant was asked to do a similar task. This time, however, he was asked to deposit Rs 800 so he could get more lucrative tasks,” said a police officer.
DCP Meena said that accordingly, the complainant deposited the amount and after liking and commenting on more videos, he received Rs 10,400. “(This) made the complainant gullible and by the time he realised he had fallen into the trap of cyber fraudsters, he lost Rs 4,25,000,” said the DCP.
After a case was lodged, police analysed call detail records and the money trail; surveillance was mounted on suspected mobile numbers.
“We traced the money trail of beneficiary accounts and found one… the bank account holder of this account was N Singh, a resident of Sagarpur. During questioning, she revealed that her account was being operated by her husband, Chanchal Singh,” added the DCP.
Thereafter, Chanchal was questioned. Police said he disclosed that while he was in AIIMS Jhajjar for his daughter’s treatment, he received a message on WhatsApp offering a WFH job of liking the YouTube videos.
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“He accepted as he was in need of money. Initially, he received Rs 1,600. Later, he was asked to deposit money to earn more, but he couldn’t. After a few days, he was again contacted on WhatsApp and asked to provide details of bank accounts — this, the message said, would earn him Rs 25,000 in no time. Chanchal then sent his wife’s bank account details to a person, Dhruv Mor. The latter sent Sandeep Dalal to Chanchal to collect SIM cards linked with this bank account so that he had complete control of its activities,” added DCP Meena.
Police said a team conducted raids at various places in Rohtak and finally nabbed Dalal on October 11. On questioning, police said he revealed he had been working for Dhruv. “He further disclosed that on Dhruv’s directions, he operated different accounts and SIM cards on his mobile phone and would provide OTPs,” said the officer.
Police said efforts are on to trace Dhruv and to ascertain the role of other associates in the racket.
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