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Friday, March 20, 2015

Warning: Fake Call from Delhi court claiming case against you!

What would you do if you’re informed of a legal case someone has filed against you? As a law abiding citizen you don’t want any trouble with the courts and will probably seek advice from advocates to help you tide over the situation. There’re some people trying to exploit this vulnerability from the unsuspecting civilians and extract money from them in the process.
I faced this situation multiple times in recent few months, hence posting this for general public awareness.

I received call from unknown number, claiming to be court staff in some courts in Delhi. They state that someone has filed a case against me and ask me if I know about this. Naturally I say No. Next, I was asked to contact a lawyer for help.

First time, I tried to extract more information- like what is this case about, which court it is etc- but they won’t give any details, just suggest that we contact the specific lawyer whom they are naming.

At this point I grew suspicious-
-  No one initiates a court procedure without talking to opponent even once. Court cases can be lengthy and devastating, so every one goes to court only when other options are exhausted. If you're not involved in any business/criminal activity that could be even remotely illegal or unfair to another party, it is very unlikely  that anyone would initiate a court case against you
-   There is no reason why someone should file a case against me in Delhi, far away from where I am, as I have no personal/business interests in Delhi
- If a court case is registered, details are sent by post usually with instructions to appear in court on specific date.
-   A legitimate court staff shouldn’t have problem giving some more details like summary of the case etc

A little check on internet confirmed that this is fake call trying to extract money.

So I either started ignoring their calls, or would make some statements like “I am recording this conversation to give it to police” after which call would cease abruptly.

I asked Mr Dhruv CKV, who is a lawyer+RJ+Certified Tourist Guide to understand what is the authentic way a court case against me would be communicated. He told that there're two ways
- Court issues what is known as Summons to concerned parties, informing them on the case and seeking their response/presence.
- This is often communicated in person, mostly by a court staff
- Summons is also sent by registered post to your address

So essentially there is no need to fear a phone call. Wait for a formal communication, which will never come for fake calls like above.

Hence please be careful if you get similar calls. Ask for more details without divulging your personal information, try to apply some thought and validate if there’s any truth/sense. These people often get only a database of name and number from some agencies and try calling them one by one, hoping that at least some of them fall into trap. If you follow their instruction, you will be asked to make a deposit for court expenses/lawyer fees etc. They will extract as much money as possible till you suspect foul play and stop paying or till you go bankrupt.

You’ve been warned. Please share to help spread awareness. Thanks Dhruv for the legal inputs.

88 comments :

magiceye said...

No end to scams!!

magiceye said...

Thank you for sharing

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the heads up on this scam. As you have mentioned, anything that's got to do with the court will have a written summons sent to you. This scam must have been thought up by some jobless idiot posing as a lawyer who wants you to hire them.

BTW if you have a recording of the call, why don't you share it with the cops? Impersonating a govt. official is a crime and will be taken seriously.

Mridula said...

Thanks for the alert, heard about it for the first time!

Shrinidhi Hande said...

@Deepak: True

@Anon: I don't have a recording. Will try for that

@Mridula: They randomly target people, hoping for some success. I guess it is not very difficult to find some bakras who get scared and pay them

Indrani said...

I have got calls from some so called LIC guy, stating that our deposit had matured long back, why we hadn't withdrawn and that he would help in withdrawing the money.
:D

Kinaari said...

In the US, a similar scam is for the caller to say they are from FBI or IRS and say they have levied penalties against the person or some such bogus scare tactic. Even worse they use some spoofing software that really shows the call originating from Washington or some realistic looking numbers. I laughed an d hung up so the caller called me back right away angry that I would not believe him. What a joke.
In reality such calls could be from anywhere in the world!

The other scam phone call I lately get is from India. The callcenter fellows say they are calling "from Windows computer company" and offer to help get rid of a virus that infected my computer.

Shrinidhi Hande said...

Thanks Indrani and Kinaari for sharing your experiences.

Yes, new ways are innovated regularly to fool unsuspecting people. We should be careful enough to apply some common sense.

Anonymous said...

I just now got a call from one Priya Khanna saying a case has come to Delhi court, and it will be forwarded to legal department unless I call up some lawyer and get more info.

The call originated from 9136397666.

I listened and hung up; and then did a basic search on internet and here I am.

Thanks all for sharing & beware..

Rationalist Indian said...

OMG
it just happened with me too..
I just got a same call from some guy claiming that a case has been filed against you in delhi court..i said what's the case??...but he kept on saying..a case has been filed against you..i then said get lost.....call disconnected...

Shrinidhi Hande said...

Great others are aware of this scam and preventing themselves from getting cheated.

Raji said...

I really appreciate this blog it is in detail and saved me from unnecessary worry. I got this call second time this year.I see a lot of things being shared on facebook probably this article also must've got shared...if not please do share

I received call from 8459061089

Shrinidhi Hande said...

Thanks Raji

S Raju said...

Received a call from a lady today from mobile 8459061089 claiming that she is from Hyderabad court legal department. when i probed further to provide me proof of her identity she said that police will come to my place and i should accompany them to the police station and ended the call. I don't think legal works like this. when i looked up the mobile number on the internet, it is from MTS provided from Delhi. How come a Hyderabad lady have a Delhi mobile number?
I am planning to raise a complaint with the Hyderabad Cyber Police.

Shrinidhi Hande said...

Thanks Raju for sharing the information

HR ravisingh said...

Received a call from a lady today from mobile 8459061089 claiming that she is from Delhi court legal department. when i probed further to provide me proof of her identity she said that police will come to my place and i should accompany them to the police station and ended the call. I don't think legal works like this. when i looked up the mobile number on the internet, it is from Delhi and I am residing at Mumbai..no relation at all.. I called her 6 times from different different numbers and scolded badly...Now she is not picking my calll...

Shrinidhi Hande said...

Thanks for sharing your experience Ravisingh

Anonymous said...

i got a call today from number 09210921785 claiming that a case had been registered against me at delhi and i should call the lawyer, she is providing me with the lawyer number, when i enquired about the case, she said that there are 2 notices already provided, and further delay would case serious implication.

i asked her that a lawyer is my relative, she disconnects the call after that.

Anonymous said...

Hi

My self is Gufran ahmad Owner of IATA approved travel agency located in Delhi New Friends Colony .. have received a call in threatened manner to-day in the morning at 10:50 that a court notice have been issued to me ,the caller him self identified named as satbir singh tyagi clerk at DC tees hazari room 7
and asked he is serving a court notice to me that I am not paying the due fund of 1 lac to MR GUPTA, I shocked and surprised and disconnected , Is there any mechanism to nab these fack scammers ?? what to do """"" beware

Anonymous said...

I got a call from delhi saying I need to call the lawer for details immediately or the case will go to the court. I knew and read about fake calls before so I started saying fools you are trying to cheat me your has been recorded. that's all they cut the phone.
the number I got was 7210928232

Shrinidhi Hande said...

Thanks for sharing

Unknown said...

Same call recieved by me today, 1 st person told me that he is from chandigarh court and case is going to file against me, than he gave me a number of lawer (Fake) varun jaiswal.
I called him he said he is legal adviser of icici bank and a default loan is againt my name taken by me in 2007. I inquired about he said address is smewhr in lucknow.
I called up icici loan deptt and recovery deptt and let them checked my name and pan details in their system, there is nothing of my record in there sysytem.
Icici bank cc told me that u ask ur loan account no frm tht person than complain us again against him.
I called that so called lawer again and insisted for a loan account no but he made many excuses again again and did not gave me loan account no. Than i asked him ki give me ur address i wl come to meet u ,and i will not spare the person who is doing this against me ,and i will make sure that the fraud wl br behind bars.
Than he immediatly hung up the phone.and since than not picking up the phn.
And good thing is i have all the recording of phone call between me and him and that fake court person,and loadeged an fir,
I wl make sure ki inki faad dun..saalo ne bina baat ke pange liye kyun.

Anonymous said...

Even I got b the same call. I got a feeling that is fake.

Anonymous said...

Even i got a call from delhi by Priya khanna , stating same thing. So please be careful to this

Phanidhar N said...

I also received one today but I told her that this is a fake call and am aware of it and disconnected. I will record and forward to local commissionarate this time. Thank You!

Shrinidhi Hande said...

great

ajax said...

Just got a call from 09718584281. they said a company has lodged a complaint in delhi court and i have to get in touch with adv. r.c gautam-the asshole.his mobile number is 09711055394. I did not call and as expected got a call from thanadar Bajinder- the dickhead.
So the dickhead tells me if received a call from asshole and i say no i did not and nor did i make a call to the asshole, why the fuck should i. tells me look if you dont know about the case i will come a personally see to it. then what, i fucking slamdunked his ears with a plethora of cuss words and he is not gonna sleep for weeks. ahahahahahahahahahah.

Guys please share, the author has done a good thing startig this blog.
Please Please share, lets pick our swords a ram their ears.
Lets stop this once and for alllllll......

Shrinidhi Hande said...

Thanks for your support Ajax

Anonymous said...

I got a same call from some nilam sharma(7291862742) and she told me to be present twomorrow in delhi court WTF i never had a deal with any guy because i am a student i told her the same she said a company in mumbai filed a case against me.

Anonymous Lady said...

Calls Received on 7th jan and 8th jan'2016

Fist call on my number but my brother picked up, directly asking about me and whereabouts, contact number and so on...he grew suspicious so he asked what is this about and the guy named, Deepak Sharma, an investigation officer (it seems), states that there is a case filed against me for being a fraud so i have to appear on the court but before that they need to get hold of me so contact number asked. The next day, they called up my best friend with whom i have frequent contacts, this time the guy name is "Rajender Prasad from SSC company". Again with the same statement so my friend told the guy that i have gone to the police station to file a report on fraud calls. The guy got super scared and tensed, started shouting back at my friend why did i report to the police before i speak to them and not only that he threatened her if she don't provide my number this case will affect her too and they can also track her home address. I never get to speak to any of these guys. Freaked me out for a while until i found this page.. "FYI- they don't speak english, typical hindi speakers only".

Shrinidhi Hande said...

Thanks guys for sharing your experiences- I think names differ, but objective is same- scare the users and try to extract some money.

Abhishek Pathak said...

I got a call too.
I believed it for few moments then I got to hear the typical call centre noise in the background all trying to make these fake calls. So, I turned to google and here I found that was a fake call.

Thanks Tim Berners Lee for Internet!!

Shrinidhi Hande said...

@ Abhishek :)

Anonymous said...

I just now got a call from Rajpal Singh saying a case has come to Mumbai court, from a Mumbai based organisation and it will be forwarded to legal department unless I call up some lawyer and get more info.

The call originated from 91 9891973379.

I listened and hung up; still he called back again to convince me to call the lawyer. With a basic search on internet, here I am.

Thanks all for sharing & beware..

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the information. Today got this fake call from 9136438868 stating summon from high court.

Vivek said...

I got a similar call on 19 Feb, from this number+917292031871.

sunil tyagi said...

I got a similar call from 9716380179 imposting as patiyala house court personnel,and he has my old address also where i was residing 3 years before.

Kanthu said...

Thanks for sharing

I too got calls today and last week on this

Today the number is 09718584821 and a week back i got a call from 07065652919. Both are fraud calls when i asked give me more details in which police station this kunal sharma is sub inspector he disconnected the phone.

Shrinidhi Hande said...

Thanks people for sharing your experience and number. I think now there is good awareness among people- hopefully less and less people will be conned by these cheats

ANUPAMA GOSWAMI said...

Today i also got a same call from 8459107764 and telling me she is calling me from delhi high court chamber no. 4 and stating that some case had been filed against me after that she provided me one contact info of lawyer.. Suddenly i searched on net n now i m here....

Shrinidhi Hande said...

Great.

Vinay said...

Just received a call from a person claiming to be Sumit Kumar Yadav from Naraina Police Station, Delhi from 9411039464 and he told me that they have received a complaint against me which they are forwarding to my local police station.

He had my name, my father's name and my complete address as well... When I probe that what is complaint all about then he said I can only help you with the number & name of the advocate on the file which they have regarding my case. And suggested me to call him for further information.

And gave me number of a person Adv. S.K. Dubey | 9719530216. I was so sure that it's a scam call as the person claiming to be inspector had really fake voice trying to speak how police persons normally do. But he was following a well prepared script like we normally use in call centers.

I googled "Scam Calls from Delhi Police" and ended up here. I have recording of the call as well. But I choose to ignore but to put a comment here for other's reference.

Shrinidhi Hande said...

Thanks Vinay for sharing your experience. Collectively we can outsmart these fraudsters trying to extort money.

Anonymous said...

Hi Shrinidhi
Today i received a similar call saying Court call from Delhi. I immediately knew it was fake. Anyhow tried a google and saw this post and confirmed. BTW is there any number or site wherein we can complain on these fake calls and make them pay penalty for these frauds.
Thanks
Bala

Anonymous said...

Hi friends
I got also the same 2 or 3 times calls Like "i am ......from Delhi Police Headquarters ...his tone was like that so i got some tense
and before Some Days A calls from Lady Saying She Is Calling from Legal department ..
when i wanted to go in deep And Asked related to the case ,they always Say Contact To Their Lawyer ....
And Even They Don't Have My Father's Name And...they Have Only my Name and Local Address of Where i had lived before Approx. 18500 days ( 5 Years )on a rented Homes.
but i already had some doubt about this that this is a fake call,because In My Whole life i never did anything Wrong With Anyone ...
but Thank You guys for Sharing Your Experiences ...

Nisha Menon said...

This happened to me today .I got a call from lady stating your collague has mentioned your number and case is filed against him.When I argued with her .she said ab jo bi hoga court me hoga and she disconnected the call.I blocked that number.Bloody fake callers!!! I was tension free as I am in touch with that collague and nothing such things has happened he confirmed!

Shrinidhi Hande said...

@Nisha

Tricksters! Thanks for sharing your experience...

Anonymous said...

I got a call from Sub Inspector Vipin Yadav (Mobile: 9990433257) from Delhi Kashmirigate Police Station, expected me to talk in Hindi, then asked me to verify my details - while on the call he called another person - peon under him or so - he told read the full address and date of birth - it seemed correct, then I asked what is the case about - He said there is an arrest warrant against me and he is forwarding this to local police, he dont have more details and asked me to contact Advocate A T Sharma - and he was insisting to share his mobile number - I tried to avoid it and closed the talk, The number from where I got the call from is: 9990433257

Jay said...

Thank you all for sharing your experience.Similar experience -
Call came claiming to be Delhi police and talked in Hindi and he told read the full address and date of birth ,when enquired about the case , he said there is an arrest warrant against me and he is forwarding this to local police, he don't have more details and asked me to contact Adv.Manjeet Singh . I did not call directly but called through an Advocate friend of mine and then they disconnected before we could finish. Now no one is picking the call. Pakka fraud ..do not worry .

Shrinidhi Hande said...

Hmm, when will they stop.. If some news channels can do a sting operation, this racket will be exposed.

Anonymous said...

I received similar call claiming to be from Dehi Police with arrest warrant against me. It was from 9205261322, which seems to be registered in J&K.

Neha June said...

I also received a call but I just found what I made wrong.. Thanks for this post guys iam just cool now after seeing all this post.
Fake peoples especially reliance mostly doing think think..

Shrinidhi Hande said...

@Neha - glad my post saved you unnecessary trouble

SN said...

Indeed the post has been very helpful....i've been getting such calls lately and its seems to be a similar modus operandi...informing u abt a case against u and asking to call a specific lawyer....caller says he/she is calling from delhi court or lok adalat...
After having checked on this blog, i dared the person on the other end, that i had filed a complaint against her , but was amazed at her audacity when she said would have spoken to police in-charge ...after a few exchanges she hung up...
PS: I would like to know if other victims had ever had a problem with the Mobile operator over pending bills..cos i feel that the data has been shared

Shrinidhi Hande said...

@SN- thanks for sharing your experience. I don;t think pending bills is the cause- they get name and number through anyone willing to sell n try their luck.

Anonymous said...

believe me 99.99 percent of these gangs are lowest level guys reporting any where will not help(even if caught they will be released in a couple of days) ,they keep changing their phones and places.abusing them (am sure not very many can match their level) might give you a temp relief but not a perma solution, if you pay thinking the amount to be small ,you are in for more trouble,cause you get upgraded in their list as a person who will either readily pay or ultimately definitely pay up in the end..they were doingit erlierr nd they r doing it even today ,the post after this read carefully ,read the fine print,read between the lines, replicate it in otther forums,if u recv any call from such persons just keep repeating ---what u read below nd after a couple of calls send their numbers to an agency - i might post the links but u guys will understand urself where all to send such numbers nd believe me their numbers will automatically be scanned and traced , the more people get involved the merrier nd faster it will be

Shrinidhi Hande said...

That is true. Police have so many more serious issues to deal with, they may not take complaints about a possible extortion attempt that seriously.

Anonymous said...

I got a call from 08294687559, telling me '' we are blocking your ATM card, if you want to use you have to tell your ATM card no.".and he says if u want activated pl tell ur ATM card no & Andhar Crad no and then says u get one OTP , plz tell me , when he asked OTP i have doubt and warning him and then he cut the cal, i check the no by mobile trucker the name was shown 'MANSU' and location was BIHAR AND JHARKHAND REGION

Varun said...

I got a call from 08294687559, telling me '' we are blocking your ATM card, if you want to use you have to tell your ATM card no.".and he says if u want activated pl tell ur ATM card no & Andhar Crad no and then says u get one OTP , plz tell me , when he asked OTP i have doubt and warning him and then he cut the cal, i check the no by mobile trucker the name was shown 'MANSU' and location was BIHAR AND JHARKHAND REGION

SN said...

An article in TOI has confirmed that IDEA cellular is inteed sharing the database so that ppl get scared into paying their outstanding balance...and even relatives and friends are called in similar manner

Shrinidhi Hande said...

@SN: If you have link to that article handy please share...

@Varun: Thanks for sharing your experience

Anonymous said...

hi
my father receive a call from 9627884338 and asking to contact a lawyer.

CASE OF 420. SO BEFORE CALLING I TRIED TO SEARCH & HERE I AM.

THESE MOTH***** F**** MUST BE HANGED.

PLS DONT FALL IN THE TRAP. IGNORE & RELAX. DONT PANIC.

CHEERS

Shrinidhi Hande said...

Thanks for sharing

Abu Aadilaa Abdur Razzaq said...

I got today a call from these numbers...9953074831, 8447084572,9582057927, 95820549489582074717, 9582054948, 9582059074. There was lady and she said that Are you Mr. XYZ (my complete name) and started telling that she is calling from New Delhi Tees Hazari Baug Court, and someone has filed a case against me, and when i asked "What is this call for?", she again repeated the same, again i asked her what is this call for, again she repeated the same, and the line got cut off. All the above numbers call, came in a span of 10-15 minutes continuously, as if someone is working in a BPO, and then their were huge background noise of similar talking. Only the last call i was able to pickup that too which cut off abruptly.

So folks, when they call dont panic, and ask them the following, "Thansk to let me know that there is case against me, not i am recoding your converstatiion so that i can file a case aginst you who is clalling at my loca court, so that you can come here and fce the law and police" if they still continue, ask them the Case/Complaint Number, and tell them to talk to your lawyer.

Rudra Bhat said...

I have received two phone call from +917827504532 and +91 8743937354 and told a legal cased filed against me. I told them give me the details and FIR number but they replied do not go for legal and they were going to give me a lawyer number for out of law settlement. I told them to proceed with case file not to under table settlement.

Abu Aadilaa Abdur Razzaq said...

Folks, i just tracked the call and see who is behind this hoax calls. It looks like, if you are having any due pending from any of your Mobile/Broadband/internet connection, which you might have disconnected and asked them to remove it, but their billing kept going on and then they have turned to some BPO people to employ them to use this fear tactics to recover your money. I received today 2 calls and fortunately i discovered that it was from Tikona (9811699547,9582074717). They are using this tactics to fear you and make sure that they mint their money with the pending dues, which you might have not used at all or have some issues using their service. Check if this is you case and take action with your service providers accordingly.

Shrinidhi Hande said...

@Abu: Thanks Abu- looks like a valid scenario...

Gopal Shukla said...

Today I received similar call , asking to contact Layer R.K Sharma KarkarDuma court with some Chamber number. I was afraid and by chance looked on Net for fake calls like it and fortunately this link looked on top of GOOGLE.

Thanks...for sharing this very important and awareness information.

Shrinidhi Hande said...

Great that you did some googling. Little research will always help.

Anonymous said...

i just got a call from +919136597646 telling me a have a civil siut in delhi Court, the caller did not even have the intelligence to say which court!!!! she asked me to contact someone named Vikra Rana on 9910194735 and even gave me a file number.... made me repeat the number and all... i have not been in delhi since march 2016 and there was no way someone would file a case against me. i dont know from where she got my details.... can i file a case against these peopple harassing me?

Shrinidhi Hande said...

Call Vikram Rana or anyone whom you're asked to contact. After some talk they will eventually ask for money. Once you have their bank detail, it makes a stronger case to approach police- probably they will be getting deposits from people all over

Anonymous said...

There is one more name Rathod, with mobile no - 8502921903, claiming calling from delhi police, and there is case registered in delhi high court on vehicle sold.

Shrinidhi Hande said...

Thanks for sharing

nitesh said...

Thanks for sharing i got the same call from delhi.

Shrinidhi Hande said...

Great. take care

Anonymous said...

I received call from 9650940794 name : Anil. One lady said i am calling from Delhi LOK adalat, you are defaulter of personal loan so somebody has filed case against you. go to the nearby police station and surrender yourself.

Anonymous said...

I got a call from Delhi +919654526719

First these mother fucker called me in wrong time I was sleeping and it's 3:30 Am in morning currently I am a resident in US not in India

He called me and said I have a forgery case and some other case I don't know much hindi he don't know much English he told me to contact advocate arvind stupid agarwal

I have contacted them they said they r busy cheating ppl and told me call in morning

So what I should do ?

Any suggestions

Shrinidhi Hande said...

@Anon- interesting :)

Madhuraj said...

Thanks for sharing I just got the same call from Delhi saying 420 case is filed against you in Patiala court Delhi. She was asking me to talk to the person who filed case against me.

I never did anything wrong in my life so no need to worry.

Shrinidhi Hande said...

@Madhuraj
Yes. No worries.

Harihans Kushwaha said...

It is really frustrating! i also got same type of call from 9555581369 saying that a legal complained has filled by someone in Delhi Court and asked me that "do you have any information about that" i said no. then she said she can give a Govt. Advocate mobile no. who will tell me about the case details.
When i asked him that i dont know about any such type of case and will take care after receiving legal notice then she drooped my call.

Shrinidhi Hande said...

@Harihans- Good. Thanks for sharing

Jay Palit said...

I got similar call from +917289054528 today, someone posing to be a court staff at Thishazaree court Delhi.

Anonymous said...

I have got a similar call from 9582074717, 9582054948, 9953074412, 9953340849, 9582057927, 9899326310, 9953074869... Posing themselves as lawyers and case against 420 case and warrant from Delhi high court....please don't get panicked...be confident and tell them that you are conferencing 100...

Satya said...

I received a fake warning call from mobile no.08287258519 and 09582618152 stating that I am ASP, Basheerbagh Commissionarate, Hyderabad

Anonymous said...

My brother runs a small retail shop & today morning a call came from delhi from number 08376072175 claiming to be delhi sub inspector & told my brother that some person purchased fake sim on his name and did not pay the bill , fir has been lodged in delhi & non bailable warrant issued to arrest him , told him to number of another lawyer yogesh 07053799044 . My father panicked & deposited 25000/- rupees in his account which claims out of court settlement with bsnl. The number used by my brother of bsnl ambala has no dues. When I called them confronting how can warrant be issued without summons by court , they are not picking up the call. Truecaller id says legal , financial , police , govt deptt. Is anyone from truecaller involved in this scam ?

Shrinidhi Hande said...

Very unfortunate to read. I think your brother is the first victim who actually lost money because of this scam out of all the comments here.

Lodge a police complaint and also complain to bank manager where you transferred the money- they can suspend the account if they chose to

Unknown said...

Thanks for the blog post... i also received the same call... n nw m here..