In the Kila Mohalla of Rohtak in Haryana, an individual fell victim to cyber fraud. The cybercriminal, under the pretext of sharing a nude video on YouTube, blackmailed and extorted ₹2,21,000. A case has been registered with the cybercrime police station in this regard.
Facebook friend's WhatsApp video call turns nightmare
Amit Chawla, a resident of Kila Mohalla, received a friend request on Facebook from someone named Siya Patel, whose profile picture featured a young woman. The friend request was accepted, and thereafter, communication began through Amit's messages, leading to the sharing of his mobile number. After a few days, he received a video call on his WhatsApp number.
When Amit received this call, he saw a young woman in a nude state in the video. Upon seeing this, he immediately ended the call. Later, he received another call from a different mobile number, wherein he was informed that a video of Amit had been recorded. It was made clear that if he cherished his reputation, he needed to pay a sum of money; otherwise, the video would be uploaded on YouTube. Amit blocked that mobile number, but later, he received a call from yet another number. The caller claimed to be a YouTube manager and stated that a nude video with a young woman had been uploaded. To have the video deleted, a payment would be required.
Fake CBI officer blackmails victim
Then another call came from a different mobile number, where the caller identified himself as CBI Inspector Vikram. He insisted that to have the video deleted, Amit Chawla needed to speak with the YouTube manager. Fearful, Amit Chawla transferred a total of ₹2,21,000 to various bank accounts.
Upon realising the scam, he lodged a complaint at the cybercrime police station. Based on the complaint, the police have registered a case under IPC sections 384 and 420.