New Delhi:

The Delhi Police has arrested 12 people allegedly involved in over 1,000 cases of online cheating by creating fake websites and tricking their victims to download malware in their phones, an official said on Wednesday.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (Cyber Cell) KPS Malhotra said six of the accused, all natives of Jamtara in Jharkhand, were arrested from Bengaluru in September this year, following which six others were arrested from various other places including West Bengal.

Police said using malware, the accused used to steal information from the phones of the victims and got their banking details to get their money transferred fraudulently.

They said fake websites were created by the accused who then promoted these through search engine optimization.

Police said the matter came to light after a man complained to police that he had been duped of 27.10 lakh.

The DCP said technical investigation and human intelligence revealed that this gang of cheats was operating at a…

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