One accused has been arrested and three suspects identified as cyber cells of Delhi Police have unveiled a “sextortion” module operated from Rajasthan.
Police said they have received nine complaints in this regard. Cyber Cell DCP KPS Malhotra said one of the complainants received a friend request on Facebook and the sender asked for his WhatsApp number. Then, the complainant received a pornographic video with which his face was distorted. It threatens to upload to the Internet if the sender does not pay. Frightened, the complainant paid the accused Rs 1,96,000.
The mobile phone number was issued in Assam and was being used from Bharatpur district of Rajasthan, police said. As a result of further investigation, the police are going from Bharatpur to find out the extortion module.
Police tried to recover the money through a bank account.
Explaining how the Bharatpur-based module held people hostage, police said they would send friend requests from women’s fake profiles. Once the requests are accepted, they will start chatting with the targets and entice them into pornographic activities in video calls. They will record these video chats and threaten to make the video public until the targets are paid.
Police have appealed to the public not to accept friend requests from unknown profiles and to beware of such traps. And if they are targeted, they should be reported to the police immediately.