AHMEDABAD: A special attache of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) was in the city on Saturday, to coordinate with city police, after more ‘con call centers’ were busted in western Ahmedabad. The
has taken data on thousands of US citizens, retrieved from computers at these illicit call centers, which were scamming gullible American taxpayers.
After a brief lull following the indictment of five Ahmedabad call centers for extorting money from US citizens by impersonating
Officers, con call centers, apparently restarted operations. This time, the scamsters are posing as officials of US intelligence agencies, and are scaring their targets with the threat of legal action, saying that blood and traces of drugs such as
had found in their cars
(IC3) Special attache in India, Shoeb Dawood, had rushed to Ahmedabad to gain insights into the recent arrests by Ahmedabad Police’s cyber cell, to understand the new mode of the scamsters. Police commissioner AK Singh confirmed this development. “FBI attache Shoeb Dawood has been given a call list and sensitive personal data of US citizens retrieved from the call center computers.”
Cyber cell officials said the scammers used to be about 2,000 calls a day. “The callers would pose as intelligence officers and would threaten US citizens with legal cases for cocaine possession, say that blood stains were found in their cars. “About 5% of those who have got calls fell to the con and scamsters to transfer money.
Senior police sources added that a team of IT students from Gujarat Technological University (GTU) had helped retrieve the data. As of June 6, 2018, the US-based Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) had reported that illegal callers were demanding payment for purported outstanding tax debt iTunes cards via not only but also Google Play Gift Cards The scammers will also request payment using Green Dot, MoneyPak, and Reloadit prepaid cards, and other prepaid cards.
Elaborating on the scam, Michael E McKenney, DIG audit, filed a report before the US House of Representatives in September 2018. It states that in May 2015, the IRS found that criminals used taxpayers’ personal identification information from sources outside the IRS to impersonate the taxpayers and gain unauthorized access to tax information through its Get Transcript application. In March 2017, the IRS estimated that approximately 100,000 taxpayers were affected by the data break. The IRS promptly shut down its Data Retrieval Tool when it was discovered that identity thieves were using individuals’ personal information that they have tax system from outside.