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India arrests 70 workers in U.S. call-center scam

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>> Scamming Americans from half a world away, Indian police say they've arrested 70 call center workers on suspicion of tricking US citizens in to sending them money by posing as the IRS. In total, close to 800 workers were detained in raids on nine call centers outside Mumbai on Wednesday.
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Officials say the scammers somehow obtained the list of US tax defaulters then asked them to buy prepaid cash cards to settle outstanding debts, threatening those who wouldn't pay up with arrest. It's not the first time one of India's vast call centers has been used in a scam. Last year, a Pennsylvania man got 14 years in prison and paid a million dollars in fines running a similar fraud operation with Indian callers posing as US government agents demanding payments.
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While outsourcing to India help Western Companies cut cost, there's been a frequent allegations of security breaches including trading private account details for profit.