Toronto: The Canada police on Friday uncovered a major telephone scam and arrested an Indian-origin couple, who are said to be the masterminds. According to the police, the couple allegedly ran an overseas telephone scam in which some people posed as tax officials and duped people of around Rs 90.68 crore. Also Read - CBI Files Case Against IMA, Mansoor Khan For Duping 1 Lakh Investors

On Friday, 37-year-old Gurinderpreet Dhaliwal, and his wife Inderpreet Dhaliwal, were arrested in Toronto and charged with fraud and money-laundering. Also Read - Cyber Crime Cell Arrests Nigerian National for Duping People in Fraudulent Schemes

Meanwhile, an arrest warrant has also been issued against their alleged partner Shantanu Manik, 26, who is believed to be in India.

All about the scam

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), which is investigating the case, said that the fraudsters were targeting Canadians since 2014 by calling and identifying themselves as representatives from the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) or RCMP.

“The scammers then tell the person on the phone that they owe back taxes, and threaten them if they don’t pay the money back,” said the report.

The RCMP said that between 2014 and 2019, Canadians lost over 16.8 million (Rs 90.8 crore) Canadian dollars to the scam and it has resulted in people being very suspicious when the CRA contacts them through legitimate ways.

The RCMP said their investigation into the scam also uncovered money mules operating in Canada.