The CBI is the latest prey to the impersonators who have been pretending to be CBI officers to trick innocent people. The Central Bureau of Investigation has registered a FIR against the people who are imitating CBI officials and using their resources.
These frauds are using fake e-mail IDs in the name of officials, opening bank accounts and issuing warrants to a lot of people in order to scam money from them. This issue surfaced on January 10, 2017, when investigators started to stress on finding the whereabouts of the accused and their operative body. The FIR has been registered at Economic Offence after two months of an internal scrutiny by the agency’s top investigators.
According to the FIR, Superintendent of Police Raman Tyagi said that they had received information from various places of unknown persons creating e-mail IDs on the name of CBI officials stating to hold high posts in the department. A lot of high-profile businessmen have been a victim of this sort of cheating.
During these the two months of investigation, investigators could only find that the said domain of the mail id was registered with M/s Ascio Technologies by Mike Brown with an address of Chattarpur Marg in Delhi.
“In order to cheat the public by impersonating the CBI, the suspects by means of the aforesaid email ID were allegedly sending emails to various people and threatening them to pay purported statutory fees for clearances (in the cases against them),” the FIR stated. The accused also threatened the victims, stating that their bank accounts will be confiscated. “The defrauded amount were allegedly received into the account opened in State Bank of India,” the FIR stated.
“They personated as top officials of CBI, including the director. In such assumed characters they are doing the illegal activities,” said a source in the agency. The source further stated that summons was also issued to the victims and they were also threatened into depositing money in the bank account. “Interestingly, the accused were well versed with the cases in which the victims were involved,” said a source reported DNA.
The misuse of the name of the CBI officers needed an urgent crackdown. However, it is true that tracing the impostors is a difficult task.