U.S. Attorney's Office in Atlanta Indicts Indian Call Centers
Here are a couple of tips from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Georgia: Government agencies will never threaten you with immediate arrest or other legal action if you do not send cash, gift cards or internet currency. They will never demand secrecy from you in resolving a debt or other problem.
The office recently charged six Indian-based call centers and their directors for conspiring with the previously–indicted VoIP provider E Sampark, and its director, Guarav Gupta, to forward tens of millions of scam calls to American consumers.
A number of Georgia residents were victims of the scheme, in which the call centers placed the initial calls and the VoIP provider forwarded the calls to the U.S. “Scam robocalls cause emotional and financial devastation to victims, particularly our vulnerable and elderly populations,” said U.S. Attorney Kurt Erskine.
As part of the Social Security scam, the callers pose as federal agents and mislead victims into believing that their Social Security numbers were involved in crimes. For the IRS scam, the callers pose as IRS employees and tell victims that they owe back taxes. For the loan scam, the callers pose as employees of lending institutions and tell victims they are eligible for loans.
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