Telemarketing fake scheme: Indian man sentenced to three years imprisonment in US – telemarketing fake scheme, Indian man sentenced to three years imprisonment in us
Washington, May 28 (PTI) A US court on Thursday sentenced an Indian national to three years in prison for a telemarketing fraud scheme.
The Ministry of Justice said that Himanshu Asri (34), a resident of Delhi, had accepted to be the main participant in the widespread telemarketing fake scheme that targeted and duped US residents, especially senior citizens.
US acting attorney Richard B. Myrus announced that the release would be under three years of federal supervision after a 36-month sentence in federal prison.
Action will be taken to send Asri back to India after the completion of his sentence.
In his conviction plea last December, Asri admitted that he operated a call center in India that was involved in a tech fraud until five years before he was arrested in early 2020. Through this scheme, money was duped from computer users by telling them that their computers could be attacked by viruses.
Federal prosecutions alleged that under the plan, Asri used to show pop-ups of advertisements on a computer user’s screen. The ads falsely stated that malware had been detected on those computers and showed a telephone number to call for help.
According to court documents, victims of the scam paid an average of $482 and sometimes up to $1,000 and never received actual service or help to keep computers secure.
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