Delhi Police arrest 3 men impersonating as Microsoft Employees to sell counterfeit softwares to schools

In an operation by a Special Investigation Team of the crime branch, Delhi Police has arrested 3 men, for impersonating as Microsoft Employees. The operation happened a week after Delhi Police received a complaint from Neeraj Kumar, an authorised representative of Microsoft Corporation. Mr Kumar noted that an unknown syndicate was misrepresenting themselves as authorized agents of Microsoft to sell counterfeit softwares.

According to the DCP G Ram Gopal Naik, the accused were running an operation of selling counterfeit softwares including Windows 10 to the nearby schools.

A Special Investigation Team of the Crime Branch headed by ACP Sandeep Lamba on a tip-off raided an office from where the accused were operating to extort various schools and later arrested them.

The accused disclosed that their accomplice, Abhinav Jain had a licence for selling Microsoft software and is an authorised education partner. To earn quickly, they all started forging letters of Microsoft Corporation and sent them to school managements. They also attached a Crime Branch complaint letter for threatening and extorting money from them. They wanted to force the schools to buy software in bulk from them.

The managements of over a hundred schools feared huge penalty and purchased the software in bulk from the gang. Several times, the accused sold the pirated software to schools. They used to visit schools impersonating as authorised representatives of Microsoft Corporation for checking the software of an institution.

– G Ram Gopal Naik, DCP

The police also recovered three hard disks, two printers, visiting cards of ‘Microsoft Corporation’, software of Windows 10 Pro, fake letters of Microsoft Corporation and mobile phones.

Via: NDTV India

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