– Indian police said they arrested a suspected mastermind behind a $300 million call center scam that targeted Americans.
Sagar Thakkar, 24, also known as Shaggy, was arrested late Friday after he arrived at Mumbai airport from Dubai. Officials said he ran dozens of India-based call centers since 2013 and trained employees to target some 15,000 U.S. citizens by posing as Internal Revenue Service employees. The callers allegedly threatened the victims with legal action if they were not given access to bank accounts for debts that didn’t exist, local news reported.
In October, the Justice Department charge 61people in India and the United States in connection to the scheme. Thakkar allegedly fled the country at the time.
By Amy R. Connolly