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Cyber ​​sextortion: Mumbai man tricked out of Rs 7.53 lakh by video call blackmails

Cyber ​​crooks cheat man working in private health service.

mumbai sextortionThe number of sextortion cases in Mumbai has seen a significant increase this year.

A 43-year-old man who works in the private sector health services fell prey to a cyber crime of sextortion where a gang of cyber fraudsters, including one who disguised himself as a police officer during a video call, extorted Rs 7.53 lakh from him. An FIR was registered by Nirmal Nagar police station in Khar (east), Mumbai on Wednesday.

The number of sextortion cases in Mumbai has witnessed a significant increase this year compared to last year, with the number of such cases increasing from 54 FIR recorded in the last year to 47 FIR recorded in the first six months of this year.

In the latest case, the 43-year-old told police he received a friend request from a woman named Ankita Sharma on his Facebook profile on July 14.

He accepted the friend request and the two started chatting on Facebook Messenger. The woman then made a video call and began stripping. The man cut off the call after which she asked for his mobile number. He shared the number and she video called him on Whatsapp and stripped again and asked him to show her face.

He then blocked her on WhatsApp and Facebook. The next day, he received a message on WhatsApp where the scammer shared his video call recording and demanded 15,000 rupees otherwise the same would be uploaded on social media platforms. The man paid the money but the scammer demanded another 15,000 rupees. He then blocked the fraudster.

The next day, the victim received a call from another person posing as a Delhi Cyber ​​Police officer. During a video call with the victim, the man, dressed as a police officer with the symbol of a police department in the background, told the victim that his lewd video was on YouTube and that the IT department received several complaints about it.

The scammer gave the man a YouTube person’s number to remove the video. When the victim contacted the number, another person posing as a YouTube executive demanded a few lakh rupees to remove the video, which he obliged.

The next day, the fraudster posing as a policeman called back and said that Ankita Sharma’s wife had committed suicide and he had been charged in the case. He demanded Rs 5 lakh to settle the matter. The victim ended up paying Rs 7.53 lakh but the crooks kept demanding more after which he decided to approach the police.

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First published on: 2022-08-05 at 14:33:28