The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has got cracking on a gang of conmen, who impersonating as the agency's officers, fled after fleecing several Delhi businessmen last year in the post-demonetisation phase.
The CBI, which was clueless for a few months, is now investigating who those people were and trying to trace their whereabouts.
HOW THE GENUINE CBI SLEUTHS LEARNT ABOUT CONMEN
- It has been revealed that during the period following the demonetisation decision, a gang of conmen posing as CBI sleuths swindled businessmen threatening to take action against them if they did not deposit money in an SBI account.
- The emails, which came from firstname.lastname@example.org, stated that if the businessmen did not deposit the money and failed to do as asked, their bank accounts would be frozen.
- However, on if they 'complied', their cases would be closed and they could have a sound sleep.
- The worried businessmen, fearing a crackdown against them in the wake of the post-demonetisation period, had no choice but to deposit the money in bank account number 20200298690.
- Ironically, the conmen faking as CBI were operating all over the city while the genuine CBI sleuths were absolutely clueless. This until the point when a senior CBI officer at the agency's headquarters received a call from a businessman curious to know whether his case has been closed since he had paid the money.
- This swung the CBI into action and they contacted the businessmen who had been victimised and took the email details from them.
- The CBI registered the case and during investigation they have found that the domain was registered under M/S Ascio Technologies, Denmark by one Mike Brown located on Chattarpur Road in Mehrauli area. A mobile number was also used to communicate with the businessmen.
- The CBI officers realised that a gang was operating by impersonating as the agency's officers when the former discovered by questioning victims that the conmen identified themselves as belonging to the agency's investigation unit, which is actually no department.
- Sources say CBI sleuths working on this case have got some leads and could be tracing the conmen's whereabouts soon.