Sleuth of the Hyderabad Cyber Crime branch on Thursday busted a nationwide Chinese-operated online gaming racket to the tune of Rs 1,100. According to the preliminary information, police arrested four accused three Indian residents of Gurugram, Haryana and Delhi and a Chinese national.
Yah Hao, a Chinese national is suspected to be the Head of Operations for South East Asia for the fraudulent company running its operations from China. Acting on nearly 28 complaints registered by the people who lost to the extent of Rs 97,000 and Rs 1,64,000 after placing bets in the online gaming websites, Hyderabad police targeted the fraudsters and arrested them with a planned trap.
According to the police, Yah Hao and his team formed a group on Telegram App and started luring gamers through a reference from the members of the group. The admins of these groups would tell players about the websites where the registered members could play games and place bets. These websites changed every day.
A case was registered under Telangana Gaming Act, Section 420 (cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property) and 120 (B) IPC (punishment of criminal conspiracy). It was learnt that almost 90 per cent of the people who played lost their money and police froze nearly Rs 30 crore in the bank accounts of the fraudulent company.