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A pat for India’s CBI from City of London Police for drive against cyber fraud

The City of London Police – the drive that leads motion on cyber fraud – on Saturday welcomed raids carried out by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in six cities from the place 10 firms had been defrauding UK nationals on the pretext of providing to repair technical points on their computer systems.

The drive shared witness statements and different particulars supplied by the victims to the CBI, which raided the businesses lately. Joint operations by the London police, Microsoft and Indian police forces have up to now led to motion in opposition to 37 name centres and 88 arrests.

Alex Rothwell of the City of London Police mentioned, “Our ongoing close working relationship with Microsoft and the Indian authorities has led to sustained action against this type of fraud, demonstrating that we can and will seek out criminals wherever they are.

“At the time of the lockdown in India, we saw a sharp decline in reports of Computer Software Service Fraud in the UK, but we know that criminals adapt quickly to continue to try to defraud people.”

Rothwell added, “As more people work from home, the need to prevent fraud of this nature has become more urgent. We welcome this enforcement action on the part of the Central Bureau of Investigation and will support their efforts to bring offenders to justice through the Indian courts.”

The modus operandi of the businesses included displaying pop-up messages on the victims’ computer systems, warning them about critical technical issues with their units, together with the presence of malware an infection.

Victims had been then suggested to name a helpline to achieve help and had been charged a premium payment for the “fix” and “on-going support”. Victims had been made to pay this payment on-line or over the cellphone, which means their monetary particulars had been shared with criminals.

Some house addresses of individuals related to the assorted firms had been additionally visited, the police mentioned, including that the CBI is continuous with investigations.