SIM box racket busted, 1 arrested by Chennai Police – Times of India

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CHENNAI: The city police have busted a racket involved in converting international phone calls into local calls using SIM boxes, thereby causing losses worth several crores to service providers, and arrested a Kerala native in this connection.
While the arrested Basheer, 35, of Malappuram in Kerala has been sent to jail, police are looking for Abdul Rahman, a Saudi Arabia-based Indian national who is also part of the racket. Police raided two houses in the Ice House area and seized, 15 SIM boxes, nine modems and 1,700 SIM cards.
An investigation officer said Basheer befriended Abdul Rahman through WhatsAppa and managed to buy from him the SIM boxes and SIM cards. He then used them to operate a parallel telecom exchange which converted international calls into local calls, causing a huge loss to registered telecom companies, the officer said.
After the Chennai nodal officer of a pan-India telecom company lodged a complaint stating that several international calls made by the company’s subscribers were converted into local calls, the cybercrime wing of the central crime branch (CCB) registerd a case and began a probe.
Police traced Basheer and picked him up from his home town. Based on his confession, police conducted searches at Ice House and CIT Nagar and seized SIM boxes, SIM cards, and modems.