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DELHI POLICE CYBER CRIME CELL BUSTED EXTORTION RACKET IN THE NAME OF MORPHED VIDEOS, SIX NABS FROM MEWAT REGION.

January 06, 2021 08:48 PM

 ACCUSED PERSONS WERE RUNNING AN EXTORTION GANG FROM BHARATPUR, RAJASTHAN, ACCUSED CREATED FAKE FACEBOOK PROFILES AND MADE FRIENDS WITH RANDOM PEOPLE.,  AFTER CHATTING FOR A WHILE, GOT THE VICTIMS ON VIDEO CALL. CAPTURED THE VIDEO CALL AND EDITED IT TO INCLUDE AN OFFENSIVE ADULT CONTENT, BLACKMAILED USING THE OFFENSIVE VIDEO WITH THREATS OF UPLOADING, LEGAL ACTION, ETC,   17 DEVICES USED IN THE OFFENCE HAVE BEEN RECOVERED. 10 BANK ACCOUNTS IDENTIFIED AND FROZEN. CHEATED TO THE TUNE OF RS.25 LAKH.,  VIDEOS OF MORE THAN 40 VICTIMS FOUND ON THEIR PHONES 

New Delhi (Face2News)

Multiple complaintswere received at Cyber Crime Unit (CyPAD) in the last few weeks regarding an online extortion racket which was blackmailing people in the name of edited and morphed videos. As per the complaints, the victims were contacted over social media platforms such as Facebook through profiles of attractive individuals. The victims were engaged in a brief chat and guided to a video call over Messenger or WhatsApp.

During the call the victims were shown an adult clip and their video call was simultaneously recorded. After sometime, they got extortion calls in the name of the offensive video made from the captured video chat. Amounts ranging from two to thirty thousand rupees were demanded and some of the victims succumbed to those demands before reporting it to the police.

Subsequent to receipt of these complaints, the matter was taken up for investigation and a team led by Insp. Sanjeev Solanki and comprising of SI Suneel Sidhu, SI Manish, SI Manjeet, SI Ashok, SI Deepak, HC Jitender, HC Anil Dagar, and others was immediately formed to nab the accused. Technical help was provided by the labs of CyPAD and the location of the accused was zeroed in to Bharatpur, Rajasthan.

The accused were using SIMs and bank accounts obtained using fake and bogus IDs, hence pin-pointing them was a challenge. They were located after thorough technical investigation and a raid was conducted in the area of Nagar, Bharatpur, from where the six accused were arrested.

Mr. Anyesh Roy, DCP Cyber Crime Unit (Cypad), while media intraction at Police Headquarter said, during the course of investigation, it was found that the subscriber addresses of the phone numbers used in the commission of the crime were of Madhya Pradesh and the locations of the same was in Bharat Pur (Rajasthan).Further, the accounts in which money was transferred were of Alwar (Rajasthan). It was also found that the caller used to change the SIM cards after a day or two and all these used multiple SIM cards issued from various parts of the country on fake identity.

The accused identified as  Waris (28), Rayees (22), Annay Khan (21),  Wahid (23), Mufeed (30 ), Akram (21), all residents of village  Ishnaka, Tehsil Nagar, Bharat Pur (Rajasthan)

RECOVERIES: 17 Mobile Phones, 2 ATM cards, cheque books, etc. used in the crime.

Mr. Anyesh Roy, DCP Cyber Crime Unit (Cypad), while media intraction at Police Headquarter said, during the course of investigation, it was found that the subscriber addresses of the phone numbers used in the commission of the crime were of Madhya Pradesh and the locations of the same was in Bharat Pur (Rajasthan).

Further, the accounts in which money was transferred were of Alwar (Rajasthan). It was also found that the caller used to change the SIM cards after a day or two and all these used multiple SIM cards issued from various parts of the country on fake identity.

In order to track this notorious gang, other complaints of similar modus operandi were also scrutinized and it was found that this all was probably a handiwork of a large gang. The data of subscriber details, call details, bank account details, e-wallet details etc. was collected and analyzed. After meticulous analysis, it was found that the gang involved in this series of extortions is operating from Village Ishnaka, Tehsil Nagar, Distt. Bharat Pur (Rajasthan).

Accordingly, on Jan.3, in co-ordination with Bharatpur Police, the hide outs of the gang were identified. In an early morning of 4th Jan. 2021, raids were conducted and above mentioned 6 accused persons were arrested. Total 17 mobile phones used in making extortion calls and sex chats and 2 ATM cards and other documents of the bank accounts in which extorted money had been transferred by various victims have been recovered from their possession.

All these accused persons are in the age group of 21-30 and are actively involved in online frauds. They have studied up High School level. On preliminary scrutiny of their mobile phones, information aboutmore than 40 victims have been found and the same is being analyzed to link them with the complaints received.

The case is under investigation and help is being obtained from the labs of CyPAD to retrieve crucial digital evidence. Efforts are being made to identify the involvement of others.

CYBER CELL SAFETY ADVISORY FOR CITIZENS

Be cautious before accepting friend request on social media platforms from strangers or people whom you don’t know personally, Do not engage in video chats with strangers. Videos can be easily manipulated to harass and blackmail, Do not succumb to their blackmail and never pay any money., Immediately report to your local Police Station or on online portal and share screenshots, etc. with complaint, Do not get tricked by fake profiles, spoofed or impersonating phone numbers displayed over True Caller, etc.

 
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