126 held in Noida for extorting money posing as FBI agents

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126 held in Noida for extorting money posing as FBI agents
U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman from the Southern District of N.Y., center, with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, right, and FBI Director Christopher Wray, speaks during a news conference at the Department of Justice in Washington, Thursday, Dec. 20, 2018. The Justice Department is charging two Chinese citizens with carrying out an extensive hacking campaign to steal data from U.S. companies. An indictment was unsealed Thursday against Zhu Hua and Zhang Shillong. Court papers filed in Manhattan federal court allege the hackers were able to breach the computers of more than 45 entities in 12 states. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Lucknow: The police on Friday busted a fake call centre in Sector 63 of Noida and arrested 126 persons for making fake calls posing as Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agents and extorting money from persons based in the US, an official said.

The police also seized 312 computers and as many headphones, apart from various computer accessories, Noida Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Ajay Pal said, adding that Rs 80 lakh in cash was also recovered during the raid.

The raid was conducted by Special Operations Group (SOG) personnel and the Cyber Cell of the Noida police, he added. 

This call centre had been operating for many months was recently put on surveillance.

A case has been registered in Phase III Police Station under various sections of the Indian penal Code (IPC) and the IT Act. 

The official said that the American nationals used to transfer money through Google Play cards.

The arrested call centre employees include Manish Balbani, Sunil Sharma, Mayur Vania, and Pradeep Rathore. All the accused have been sent to judicial custody.