IRS Scam: 12 arrested so far

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Front Page

Staff Reporter
SHILLONG, Sep 10: Meghalaya police has arrested 12 people including two from Jaintia Hills on the recent call centre scam involved in duping American citizens of huge sum of money.
In recent years, thousands of people have lost millions of dollars and their personal information to tax scams and fake Internal Revenue Service (IRS) communication - an aggressive and sophisticated phone scam targeting taxpayers, including recent immigrants. Callers claim to be employees of the IRS, using fake names and bogus IRS identification badge numbers. They may know a lot about their targets, and they usually alter the caller ID to make it look like the IRS is calling.

The East Khasi Hills District Police had recently busted the rented premises of SS Net Com and the building adjacent to RBI Building at Cleve Colony and unearthed the IRS scam.
When contacted, East Khasi Hills SP, Davis R Marak on Sunday said that they have so far arrested 12 people including two from Jaintia Hills in connection with this scam.
Recently, the police have arrested two more people in Jaintia Hills identified as Dawanemi Lyngdoh (23 years old) of Ladmuthlong-Lumbyrdi and Minot Khongkai (25 years) of Amlarem-Padu in West Jaintia Hills.
When asked whether the police would question Tura MP, Conrad K Sangma in this case, as the scam was taking place from the premises of SS Net Com, he said that questioning of Sangma will depend on the progress of the investigation of the case.
“As and when required we might question the Tura MP,” East Khasi Hills SP said.
When asked if there is any lead against the Tura MP, Marak said that he would not like to comment anything on this.
It may be mentioned that the police might questioned the Tura MP as to how the call centre was established in the premises of the SS Netcom.
Earlier, Home Minister HDR Lyngdoh that the police might even coordinate with the Interpol to take the investigation of the IRS call centre into its logical end.


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