FAKE PMO WEBSITE BUSTED
A fake website of the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), under the name “Pradhan Mantri Adarsh Yojna”, has been busted by the Delhi Police, as it was providing fake government loans to the people. Details of the server were obtained on the basis of the fake URL — www.pmay-gov.in.
In a Joint operation by Delhi and West Bengal Police, Sudipta Chatterjee, the 43-year-old mastermind of the racket, was arrested from Howrah, where the network had its base.
“The fake website was created with the aim of cheating people of their money on the pretext of providing them loans for various projects and schemes,” said Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime Branch) Ravindra Yadav.
Around twenty mobile phones, hard disks, internet dongles, cheques related to 43 bank accounts, fake project reports, some incriminating documents along with 16 rubber stamps of government offices were recovered from his possession.
According to the police official, Chatterjee created the fake website, projected it as a government one and hosted it on a server based in the US. There were sufficient reasons to believe it was a government website, he said. “To confuse the users, the URL had the reflection of a government website and it was listed on priority with Google. Whenever, any online surfer would search this website would figure in the top hits,” the official said.
Chatterjee has employed 17 tele-callers to contact prospective clients and give them the registration number of their application form. They were specially trained by him and scripts were provided to them which were prepared with great care and caution, so that the prospective client had no idea of being cheated.
There were a few clauses about the banking transactions, in which the client would be persuaded that he has to maintain a specified amount in his account as security. The mastermind would also obtain signed cheques, ATM cards, PIN number of the accounts and would direct the client that he should not avail any telebanking or net banking facility on that account.
Once these steps were completed, he would withdraw the security amount from the client’s account.
Chatterjee also disclosed that his associate was a web designer who helped him create other domains by the name of bharat-sarkar.in, govindia.in, CGTMSE-govt.in, CGTMSE-gov.in. He also created similar e-mails by the name of email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chatterjee was produced in a court in Bengal and was brought on transit remand to Delhi.