CCB uncovers illegal telephone exchange scam

The CCB, with the help of officials from the telecommunications department, uncovered an international telephone exchange racket and arrested six people.

The scam came to light when telecommunications officials were investigating a threatening call made to a Puttur-based man by an unidentified person from a foreign country using a local number. CCB officials raided Icon Tours and Travels located in Mahadevapura and arrested the six accused.

According to the police, the defendants operated the racket in five different places, including the travel and travel agency in Mahadevapura.

The accused would use the Internet service of a large private telecommunications company which would offer faster services to call centers. They purchased 180 landline devices and used them to illegally convert Voice over Internet Protocol (VOIP) calls to local calls using multiple devices.

The accused would buy SIM cards from UP, MP, West Bengal and other parts of the country to install them on a SIM box device which could convert VOIP calls to local calls bypassing security checks.

The defendants rented a house at Chikkasandra on the main Hesaraghatta road where they operated the SIM box device.

The police seized 16 SIM box devices, 2 network call devices, 9 PRI (primary rate interface), five laptops, 2 desktop computers, 9 mobile sets, 6 routers and 25 BSNL SIM cards.

The defendants were convicted under various sections of the Computer Act and the Indian Telegraph Act.

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