If any of the students talked to the customers for 200 hours, she received Rs 6,000 as premium besides the hourly rate of Rs 20 that each girl was paid. In case the man ended the call within a minute, the girl was not paid anything. A customer who talked less than one minute had to cough up Rs 30 but only pay Rs 2 for every minute after that.
A victim narrated how he was duped of his money. "I received an SMS some days ago which said a girl wanted to be my friend. When I called on that number, a girl seduced me and we used to talk every day for hours," he said.
"I transferred a lot of money in the bank account number provided by her because she promised to get intimate with me. A few days ago, I realised that she is cheating me and so I filed a police complaint," he added.
Noida Cyber Cell Police found out that the entire racket was being run by a company in Shimla. Altruist had been outsourced a value added service by Airtel but the former misused the same. Ashutosh Gupta, general manager of Altruist, and three call centre staff including a college girl have been arrested in this connection.
The service provider has been named in the FIR that was booked under Sections 406 and 420 of the IPC as well as Section 66-B of the IT Act.