An Indian Guy, Sahil Narang, 29, from Gurgaon has been sentenced to three years in federal imprisonment on charges of call center fraud which cheated Americans of millions of dollars, a US attorney said.
The accused, Sahil Narang, was in the United States illegally at the time of his arrest in May 2019. He is described in court documents as a key participant in a sophisticated so-called Tech Fraud online telemarketing schemes that targeted technologically unsophisticated computer users, usually senior citizens.
Narang had pleaded guilty on December 11, 2020, to conspiracy to commit wire fraud and ten counts of wire fraud. He was sentenced on Wednesday to 36 months in federal prison.
According to federal prosecutors, Internet pop-up advertisements were used in the Tech Fraud scheme to deceive computer users into believing that they needed computer protection services.
In the pop-up ads, there was a telephone number provided to call and when victims dialed the number, they were routed to call center operators who perpetuated the lie that malware had been detected on the victims’ computers.
According to information presented to the court, between August 30, 2019, and May 1, 2019, Narang and others worked together to manipulate thousands of callers employing the Tech Fraud scheme, seeking to obtain from them an estimated $1.5 million to $3 million.
The FBI investigation identified at least nine individuals who fell victim to the Tech Fraud Scheme at a total loss of $110,900 which the FBI interceded and prevented loss when a tenth victim was on the verge of losing up to $450,000 to the fraudsters.