In a major breakthrough, Assam Police have arrested a gang of seven cybercriminals from a place called Laharighat in Morigaon district. This vicious cybercriminal gang is using fake documents to obtain loans from banks and financial institutes in various peoples names in the district. Many victims had come to know about those bank loans taken in their name using their documents after getting repayment notice from the banks only.
A team of Morigaon police led by Adit Boro, in charge of the Laharighat Police Station, arrested seven accused persons on Thursday (9/9/21). Police seized 107 SIM cards and 10 Aadhar cards of various unknown persons, two PAN cards, two swipe machines.
The arrested cyber crooks have been identified as — Zainul Haque, Mosharraf Islam, Asadul Islam, Rashidul Hoque, Ferdus Alam, Irshwad Parvez, and Saddam Hussain.
Laharighat police station in-charge Adit Boro told media that this gang is running cyber crimes in a unique modus Operandi. They collect photos and documents of various persons in the district. Then they apply for PAN and AADHAR cards for those persons. They use their mobile numbers while applying for the cards and use fake address proofs for that. Once the gang get the PAN and AADHAR card they apply for loans in banks, financial institutions or in government schemes. The arrested gang has already cheated several lakhs of rupees from banks in many victims' names.
A case (C / NO-596/21 U / S-120 (B) / 419/420/468/471/34) was registered against those accused at the Laharighat Police Station under R / W SEC- 66 (C) 66 (D) of IT Act.
Laharighat police further revealed that a much bigger gang is active in the district and working on the same modus operandi. Of late the interior minority-dominated area Laharighat has become a cybercrime base of Morigaon district. The arrested criminals are experts in computer and cyber technology. They have cheated many victims by hacking cell phones and diverting OTP in their mobiles. Further investigations are on to nab the mastermind behind the cybercriminal racket.