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Illegal call centre probe: FBI official meets Guj cops

Press Trust of India  |  Ahmedabad 

The FBI attache in the United States Embassy in met police officials to assist the latter in an ongoing probe into illegal call centres here recently, a said Sunday.

police had sought help from the FBI attache in the ongoing investigation in illegal call centres involving US citizens and territory, city police A K said.

The FBI attache visited Saturday and gathered information and data related to the case, added.

"We are investigating a couple of cases here where we raided such call centres and arrested people. We have data and information about US citizens, and US territory connected to the crime," said.

"We sought help from the in the under mutual legal assistance treaty since the case involves American citizens and territories," he said.

The illegal call centres by the Ahmedabad police's cyber cell were found to be involved in extorting money from US citizens by making deceptive calls, Singh said.

He said money thus extorted from the US citizens was being laundered through Indian shores using hawala, bitcoin and several other investment methods.

"We are exploring the possibilities of using legal aid treaty for getting more information and taking the case to the logical conclusion on our shore and, if they (US) assist us, on their shores as well," he said.

had recently illegal call centres operating from the city where data of US citizens obtained unauthorisedly was used to target victims and defraud them.

Co-conspirators in the case have been found to be based in the USA, police said.

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First Published: Sun, February 10 2019. 19:55 IST