Tahlka News Desk
Noida: Online fraud racket of 3,700 crore busted by UP police, 3 arrested. A 26 year old B-tech graduate tricked more than 6 lakh people into giving him their money through a scheme that promised big returns for hitting 'likes' online. over a year Anubhav Mittal's Social Trade perpetrated a fraud of Rs 3,700 crore.
The accused used to run a portal 'socialtrade.biz' under which an investor had to pay anything between Rs 5,750 to Rs 57,500 in the company account to become the member and earn Rs 5 per click.
Registered under the name of Alaze Info Solutions pvt Ltd in Noida, they used to constatntly change the name of portal, spo far they defrauded over 6.5 lakh people collecting around Rs. 3,700 crore," Superintendent of Police (Uttar Pradesh, STF) Triveni Singh told.
Mittal, said to be the kingpin, holds a B Tech degree and hails from Ghaziabad. Prasad is from Andhra Pradesh's Visakhapatnam and Dayal is from Mathura in Uttar Pradesh.
Launched in August 2015, the portal offered four different 'packages' to the investors to earn money. After paying the money to the company, the investors were asked to like pages and click on the links they were sent.
"The company claimed it earned Rs. 6 for every click and gave Rs. 5 of it to the investors. However, the links sent by the company were fake," said the officer, adding that they were looking for other people suspected to be involved in the fraud.
Besides seizing Rs. 500 crore from a bank, police have seized various documents including the balance sheet of the company, list of directors and other officials and list of investors.
The STF has also informed the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), the Income Tax department and market regulator SEBI about the case.