UK court evidence to be produced in Kolkata court | Kolkata News

KOLKATA: Statements and audio-visual evidence recorded in an UK court will be produced in Bankshall court as city police press charges in a cyber fraud in which UK residents were duped in the name of Microsoft. Based on a complaint from the IT major, the Kolkata cyber cell busted the two call centres at Park Street and Tiljala and arrested seven persons on October 17.
Murlidhar Sharma, joint CP (crime), said: “We have been receiving help and inputs from the UK police and administration. We hope the evidences recorded there (in the UK), along with statement of victims, will help us bolster the case against the accused. The evidence will be forwarded to the Kolkata court after verification through the legal attache of the British embassy in India as genuine. This can be used by the courts here as legal evidence as per the laws of the land,” said Sharma.
A PTI report from London quoted Commander Karen Baxter of the City of London Police, saying: “These raids and arrests mark the successful culmination of a four-year operation. Working with Indian authorities and Microsoft, we have stopped a number of criminal call centres from preying on UK citizens. This operation with Indian counterparts and Microsoft, whose good name was being traduced, demonstrates that whilst policing cannot hope to tackle fraud on its own, by working in partnership with businesses, we can achieve some justice for the members of the public who have fallen victim to such schemes,” she said.
In this scam, fraudsters would call people, claiming to be from Microsoft and say that their computer security had been compromised. Then they would either sell a worthless piece of software for around 200 pounds, or would dupe the victim into allowing access to their computer and any online bank accounts, which they would then drain. Police said Bhupinder Singh Bindra, Microsoft Corporation India’s legal attorney, lodged two complaints. The first against a Topsia call centre and another operating from Rafi Ahmed Kidwai Road. Those arrested, police said, were the directors and team leads who run the day-to-day operations in these call centres.
Sources said calls were made to the UK residents through VOIP applications. They would then induce the “targets” to downloaded some specific apps like ‘Teamviewer’ or ‘Anydesk’ or ‘Supremo’ on their advice, which handed over full control of the system to the callers.

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