ISLAMABAD: NR3C hunts down cyber swindler

Shakeel Anjum
The National Response Centre of Cyber Crime (NR3C) of Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) Thursday arrested a Pakistan-based cyber swindler on the complaint of Ammar Hussain Jafery, a Jamaica-based American.

The NR3C project director told journalists at a press conference that NR3C on the complaint of Jafery traced out the website of the cyber criminal within one month and hunt him down.

He said that NR3C took action on the complaint lodged by an American citizen Wendel Jackson and a resident of Jamaica regarding the online fraud, saying that a company ‘North Star Company of Pakistan’ deprived him of $12,500 on the pretext of supplying used vehicles through its website

Jafery said that immediate inquiry was initiated and during the enquiry, it was revealed that one, Xavier William, resident of Rawalpindi, Pakistan had set up a website with the domain name, and business name ‘North Star Company’ to offer used motor vehicles.

He said that the websites was hosted in United States and it proclaimed to be a reputable Japanese company, which deals in used motor vehicles business. The vehicles for sale offered on this website contained all expensive motor vehicle brands including Audi, Bentley, BMW, Chrysler, Jaguar, Lamborghini and other luxurious vehicles, he added.

The project director said that the suspect used to receive orders through this website and direct the advance payment against the orders in the company’s account opened in the name of his father, Patras William, at Habib Bank, SDV, Mall Road Branch, Rawalpindi.

During enquiry, when Xavier was not able to provide proof of delivering any vehicle to any of his customers even though he received heavy amounts in his company’s bank account for seven times, the case was registered against him and he was arrested. Xavier William admitted receiving $12,500 on the pretext of delivering vehicles ordered by Wendel Jackson, the complainant.

The suspect also admitted that he did not deliver any vehicle to Jackson. Xavier William is on three days judicial remand and under the custody of enquiry officer. The case is under investigation and the involvement of his father in the fraud is also been investigated to which he denied, he maintained.

He said that FIA’s Cyber Crime Circle, Rawalpindi, used all the latest technological tools to track down the accused through his mobile number, email address, website and bank account details, adding that as a result of efforts by Director General FIA Tariq Pervez and with the execution of the Ministry of Interior financed project named as ‘National Response Centre for Cyber Crimes, FIA was now equipped with technical investigators, special legal advisors, computer forensic experts and computer forensic labs and became high technology crime agency in a real sense.

The importance of FIA as a law enforcement agency was also felt by the government when all offences of Prevention of Electronic Crimes Ordinance, 2007 was added in the schedule of FIA. He said that NR3C has capability to trace out any kind of cyber crime committed countrywide. He offered the services of NE3C for the victims of cyber criminals saying that they could lodge complaints with the cyber centre to get relief.

Director Zonal Office Liaqat Ali Khan, Deputy Director NR3C Nawaz-ul-Haq Nadeem and other officers were present on the occasion.

Source: The News, 12/9/2008

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