New Delhi: A 57-year-old senior executive of a housing finance firm in Mumbai was allegedly duped of Rs 2.06 lakh after a woman and some other persons threatened to make his video, shot in a compromising position, viral on social media, police said on Thursday. One of the blackmailers also posed as a Delhi police official, they said. Last Saturday, the man received a WhatsApp message asking if he was interested in “video sex”, an official from the Bandra police station said.
When the man agreed, he received a video call showing a woman in a compromising position, and he was then asked to undress. (ALSO READ: Facebook sextortion scam: Mumbai Man loses Rs 12.24 lakh in romance fraud! Check 5 tips to stay safe)
Later, the man started getting various calls from some people, threatening that they would inform his family about his video shot in an objectionable state, the official said. (ALSO READ: Golden opportunity to invest in gold at a discount! SGB Scheme opens on June 20 for subscription)
Another person, who identified himself as Vikram Rathod and working with the Delhi police’s crime branch, also allegedly threatened to frame the man in this connection, the official said. (ALSO READ: RBI lifts restrictions on Mastercard, allows it onboard new customers)
A woman also called up the man and said she will make his video viral on social media, if he did not pay the amount demanded by them.
The victim allegedly paid Rs 2.06 lakh to the gang members, the police official said.
But, as they kept demanding more money, he approached the police and lodged a complaint. Police have registered a case against unidentified persons under relevant provisions, the official said. No arrest has been made so far. Police are conducting an investigation into the case, he added.