DEHRADUN: A day after the Special Task Force (STF) of Uttarakhand Police unravelled what it termed as one of the biggest online scams to be busted by it, senior police officials said that on the basis of preliminary investigation and information provided by the arrested accused, almost 5 lakh people became victims of the scam in the entire country.
“The initial probe has revealed that the syndicate, run by a group of Chinese scamsters, cheated almost 5 lakh people to the tune of over Rs 350 crore through a ‘quick-earning’ app Power Bank that was being run in the garb of an online multi-level marketing campaign,” said Uttarakhand director general of Police (DGP) Ashok Kumar.
As reported by TOI, a team of the STF had on June 7 arrested Pawan Kumar Pandey, one of the directors in a shell company used by primary investors–believed to be from China–for taking money from Indian nationals and then routing it to foreign countries before converting it to…

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