Himanshu Asri, Malware
Protection Telemarketing Fraudster Pleads Guilty
December 4, 2020
national admitted to a federal judge in Providence that he participated in a
wide-ranging conspiracy based in India to defraud United States citizens,
primarily seniors, by telling victims that malware had been detected on their
computers and, based on that falsehood, induced the victims to direct money to
him and his coconspirators as payment for purported computer protection services
that were not needed or ever provided.
The conspirators, in fact, did not detect malware on victims’ computers and
accepted payment without providing any protection services.
Himanshu Asri, 33, of Delhi, India, admitted that he had 325 callers routed to
call centers in India where call center operators falsely reasserted to victims
that malware had been detected on their computers, and offered the victims
purported computer protection services in exchange for payment. The purpose of
the false assertions was to induce people into routing money to the fraudsters.
According to information presented to the court, from as far back as January
2015, through January 2020, Asri and others working together collected, in
total, approximately $940,995 from victims through their fraud, and attempted to
collect between $1,500,000 and $3,000,000. The actual loss was less than the
intended loss because some of those who were targeted by Asri and his
coconspirators did not send any funds to the fraudsters.
According to information presented to the court, the government and the
defendant agree that many of Asri’s victims were vulnerable to fraud schemes due
to age or infirmity, and the parties agree that the scheme pursued by Asri and
his coconspirators were structured to exploit such persons, specifically persons
over the age of 65.
today before U.S. District Court Chief Judge John J. McConnell, Jr., Asri
pleaded guilty to wire fraud conspiracy, announced United States Attorney Aaron
L. Weisman and Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Boston Division Joseph R.
Asri, the 4th India-based telemarketing fraudster to be convicted in federal
court in Rhode Island in the past three months, is scheduled to be sentenced on
February 18, 2021. Wire fraud conspiracy is punishable by statutory penalties of
up to 20 years in prison, three years of supervised release, and a fine of
The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Milind M. Shah.
The matter was investigated by the FBI.