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US court indicts India-based call centre, 2 Indians in phone scam

Press Trust of India  |  Washington 

An India-based call centre and three individuals, including two Indians, on Tuesday were indicted by a for their alleged involvement in a tele-scheme targeting Americans.

The scheme led victims to believe that they owed taxes and fees to the US' (IRS), federal authorities said.

and Kunal Jagdishbhai Sharma, both of whom are Indians, Julliette and a call centre named Skyz International Outsourcing BPO were involved in a transnational criminal organisation that victimised US residents through the sophisticated international telephone scheme, they said.

The call centre is based in

While Carter was arrested in pursuant to an extradition request, two other Indian defendants and the call centre in were also charged for their alleged involvement in the

The indictment charges them with conspiracy to commit wire

"Using lists of US residents' personal identifiable information, co-conspirators allegedly called potential victims while impersonating officials from the Internal Revenue Service," federal prosecutors said.

The callers would threaten potential victims with prosecution or arrest if they did not pay alleged tax debts immediately. After the victims agreed to pay, the callers would instruct the victims to send the money electronically using banks or money transmitters, such as MoneyGram, to the gang members.

According to J Russell George, for (TIGTA), IRS impersonation scams in US have claimed over 15,000 victims who have lost more than USD 74 million to fraudsters.

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First Published: Tue, March 12 2019. 22:25 IST