12 people arrested across India for deceiving people through fake top company websites

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Twelve people have been arrested across the country in four separate operations for allegedly tricking people into creating fake websites and email ids of major companies, police said on Saturday.

Police say a company filed a complaint alleging that some people created a website and email IDs containing the company’s domain name.

The company alleged that the defendants posed as officials of their company and deceived people, they said.

Police have launched an investigation and arrested seven people, officials said.

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The defendants were identified as Shammi Alam Khan, Atul Dixit and Prem Dutt, all three residents of Delhi, and Sardar Amit Singh, Monu Kumar, Sandeep Chaudhary and Gopal Kumar, all Bihar residents, Deputy Commissioner of Police (IFSO) Prashant Gautam said.

Referring to a similar incident, police said another company approached police alleging the defendants were collecting money from people by creating their company’s fake website, police said.

Police have opened an investigation and arrested Priyansh Yadav from Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh, Gautam said.

In the third operation, another company claimed that certain people, through various domain names and websites, approached people and lured them into offering distribution of the company, police said.

In this operation, police arrested two defendants, Kusum and Neelam from Delhi, DCP said.

A fourth company also approached police and complained that the defendants were addressing people in emails, messages and calls and claiming to offer financial services provided by their company, police said.

To lend credence to their claims, the defendants also shared fake employee ID cards and letters of endorsement bearing company markings with the victims, police said.

After launching an investigation, police arrested two men – Mohammad Sami Shaikh and Sohaeb Abdulwafa Siddiqui – from Mumbai, the DCP said.

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