Indian Authorities Arrest Ringleader of IRS Impersonator Scam

Chris Gaetano
Published Date:
Apr 10, 2017
Phone Fraud

Indian authorities arrested a man they say was behind a wave of scam phone calls from people claiming to be from the IRS, which swindled millions of dollars from its victims in the U.S., according to CNN Money.

The man, Sagar Thakkar, 24, was detained in Mumbai after arriving on a flight from Dubai on Saturday. He is accused of coordinating a network of call centers that made bogus calls to U.S. taxpayers saying they owed back taxes and would be arrested if they didn't pay up right away. While the exact amount is still unknown, authorities estimate that this operation pulled in at least $300 million from its victims. 

Police had previously shut down nine of these call centers and arrested 70 people associated with them in October. Later in the month, the U.S. Department of Justice filed its own charges against 61 individuals related to the scam in both the U.S. and India, and is currently seeking to extradite the 32 who remain abroad so they can face trial. Thakkar was one of those listed in the indictment, according to CNN. 

Thakkar stands accused of extortion, cheating, impersonation, criminal conspiracy as well as violating India's communications and tech laws.

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