Police in India say they've arrested 70 call centre workers accused of tricking Americans into sending them money by posing as tax officials. Paul Chapman reports.
These are some of the 70 call centre staff detained by police in India accused of conning American taxpayers. The call centre workers in Thane city are accused of posing as tax officials to lure unsuspecting U.S. residents to send them money. They're among 772 workers rounded up in raids on Wednesday. Of those 72 face no further investigation, the rest have been released pending further questioning. Police say the scam involved several bogus call centres asking victims in the U.S. to buy prepaid cards to settle outstanding tax debts. It's alleged they threatened with arrest those who refused to pay. India's home to a vast number of back office operations for North American and European companies. Despite the cost-cutting benefits there've been frequent allegations of security breaches and improper trading of consumers' account details and other company information for profit.