Noida’s shady call centres pop up on radar of Interpol

The city’s notorious hole-in-the-wall call centres have *popped up on the radar of international law enforcement* and, on Thursday, led to the first of *several raids lined up* over the next few days based on information shared by Interpol and the Canadian government. Sahil Verma, a resident of Shahdra in Delhi who once worked with a Gurgaon-based BPO and later started a sham operation in Noida sector 63, was *arrested for allegedly cheating* hundreds of Canadians and citizens of other countries. Police said they found a data bank of the Canada Revenue Agency and contact details of 251 Canadian citizens from an Excel sheet on a desktop at the call centre. There are four more Excel sheets that are password-protected. This is just the beginning. More illegal call centres are running in the city, which will be busted soon. We will be conducting more raids, Sharma said. *Two fake call centres have been busted* in the city in October and 50 over the past six months. The call centre busted on October 5 used to target people who uploaded their resume on job portals. The accused sent them fake offer letters and charged them a fee of Rs 5,000 to Rs 15,000 for getting a job. Eleven members of a gang were arrested by the cyber cell on October 10 from Greater Noida for cheating Army veterans in Delhi-NCR by offering fake insurance policies.

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