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Dozens arrested at India call center linked to IRS scam calls

Discussion in 'World Economy' started by Averageamerican, Mar 20, 2017.

  1. Averageamerican

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    Dozens arrested at India call center linked to IRS scam calls
    By Associated Press and Griff Benner Published: October 6, 2016, 1:00 pm Updated: October 10, 2016, 12:12 pm
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    A police official, right, escorts two men outside the court in Thane, outskirts of Mumbai, India, Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016. Indian police have arrested 70 people and are questioning hundreds more after uncovering a massive scam to cheat thousands of Americans out of millions of dollars by posing as U.S. tax authorities and demanding unpaid taxes. (AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade)
    NEW DELHI (AP) – Indian police have arrested 70 people and are questioning hundreds more after uncovering a massive scam to cheat thousands of Americans out of millions of dollars by posing as U.S. tax authorities and demanding unpaid taxes, a police officer said Thursday.

    According to police in Mumbai, the yearlong scam involved running fake call centers which sent voice mail messages telling U.S. nationals to call back because they owed back taxes.

    Those who called back and believed the threats would fork out thousands of dollars to “settle” their case, Mumbai police officer Parag Marere said Thursday.

    The scam brought in more than $150,000 a day, Marere said without giving a total sum. If the scam netted that amount daily, it would have made almost $55 million in one year.

    Some victims were also told to buy gift vouchers from various companies, and hand over the voucher ID numbers which the impostors then used to make purchases, Marere said.

    Police said they are likely to file charges against many of the 600 or more people still being questioned on suspicion of running the fake call centers, housed on several stories of a Mumbai office building.

    Those arrested so far include several of the alleged ringleaders, as well as people accused of providing equipment and setting up the fake call centers. The criminal charges filed against the suspects include extortion, impersonation and violations of India’s information technology laws.

    “We are questioning those who were involved in the fraud, including those posing as tax investigators,” Marere said.

    Police raided the offices this week and seized hundreds of hard disks, hard disks, high-end servers and other electronic equipment.

    Indian media reports said 70 percent of the scam’s proceeds were retained by the suspects in India, while the rest was paid to collaborators in the U.S.

    Indian news broadcaster NDTV reported that one U.S.-based company allegedly collected the victims’ personal information and passed it to the fake call centers.

    The IRS reports receiving more than 900,000 complaints about similar scam calls since October 2013. More than 5,000 people have fallen for the scam, paying out more than $26 million collectively as a result of scams.

    The IRS has yet to comment on this recent arrest in India.

    The IRS warns it will never call and demand immediate payment. It will never require you to use a specific payment method for your taxes, like a gift card or prepaid debit card. The agency will never ask for credit card numbers over the phone.

    If you receive a call from someone claiming to be from the IRS and asking for money, you should never give out personal information. Report the call to the IRS using their “IRS Impersonation Scam Reporting” web page. You can also call 800-366-4484.


    Both my wife and myself got a call from these people. I know enough about how the IRS works to just ignore it, was RVing in the Shenandoah National Park on top of a mountain at the time. Wonder what happen to them?
     
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    And the obsession with India continues...
     
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    Ppl throw stones at trees which bear fruits. :)
     
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    I don't have a big problem with the scam, we have enough people in the USA doing the same thing with out being punish for it. One neighbor lately paid 2000 bond for a child that was a hoax phone call.
     
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    Published: October 6, 2016, 1:00 pm Updated: October 10, 2016, 12:12 pm

    we are in March 2017 right now.

    well what do you know, even the scams are being outsourced now.. cos we do a better job for cheaper :p
     
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    There is a big uproar in the USA right now about Russia interfering in the US election to help Trump. I don't get all excited about it, USA has been doing the same thing for generations. Nothing is going to stop it.
     
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    people will have to do something when it comes out in the open.
     
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    Kind of doubt it, not really that much that can be done, one of the things that's always been going on and always will. You cant change human nature.
     
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    any criminals should be arrested and brought to justice this is despicable do we want to be by like the terrorist fake scammer country next door selling fake degrees in masse through a ISI backed operation run in DHA space and they were only brought to justice if that when the NYT reported on them

    i say good on our authorities they are doing this pro actively crush these scums they hurt our business and image.
     
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    upload_2017-3-20_14-20-27.png $275 they do the same in the USA,, you can even supply with email and phone numbers that will confirm the bogus degrees..
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    Differentiating an original degree from a fake one may seem daunting. Checks need to be put in place to curtail the crime.


    “You can now apply for a job in any MNC in India or abroad. Get a diploma, degree or a certificate from any major university today. Professional degrees from top engineering, law, MCA, MBA or design institutes are also available.”

    This is an extract from one of the thousand advertisements blatantly promoting counterfeit degrees in India
     
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    India. The country has received a notorious label for having the highest number of cases of employment-related inconsistencies, according to a recent background discrepancy survey done globally by background screening firm First Advantage. “The survey was carried out globally, and the data had been collected from the employment logs of various industries. An alarming rate of 50 per cent of all the job aspirants forging their previous job experience certificates were exposed during the survey. In fact, the statistics of 2013 indicated cases with such irregularities in some employment sectors to have been as high as 71.5 per cent.”

    http://www.thehindu.com/features/education/watch-out-for-fake-degrees/article5743087.ece#!
     
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    A Billionaire With Fake Degrees And Passport - This Is Patanjali's CEO Achrya Balkrishna
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    Yoga Guru Ramdev's Patanjali Ayurved Ltd, is in controversy over charges of misbranding and misrepresentation of its products. A local court in Haridwar has slapped the five production units of Baba Ramdev’s Patanjali Ayurved with a fine of Rs 11 lakh. Let's take a look at the profile of the man who is at the helm of the affairs in the company.

    Baba Ramdev’s Patanjali Ayurved, a fast growing FMCG whose net sales for the financial year 2015-16 stood at Rs 5,000 crore, is a household name now. But Ramdev is just a face of the consumer products giant. Balkrishna Suvedi, often referred as Acharya Balkrishna – a close aide of the Yoga teacher, is the man behind the huge business.

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    charyabalkrishna.com
     
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    none of these businesses are run legally and if they are scamming customers in USA then US could file complaint with india and they will be arrested too besides if anyone believes that you can get a degree without studying on phone or online just by paying they need to remove their tin foil hats and do something better with their money.

    this is the proverbial academic equivalent of snake oil anyways if they are creating trouble you need to just tell the respective government and this will be handled only people that fall for this are really stupid or dumb or tinfoil hat wearers.
     
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    You can easily get a phony degree on line. There's no question about that. Phony degrees have been around for ever and government does very little about it. India is considered one of the worse.
     
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    You would be surprised how my doctorate degrees, especially in religion are phony in the USA.
     

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