Mumbai: Bizman lodges cop complaint against 'FaceBook friend' for sextortion

According to the Bandra police, on June 5, the complainant had received a friend request from an unknown woman on his Facebook account. The victim accepted the said request

Somendra SharmaUpdated: Friday, June 10, 2022, 07:38 PM IST
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A 42-year-old businessman from Bandra has lodged a complaint with the police claiming that an unknown woman tried to trap him in a case of sextortion.

The woman befriended the victim on Facebook and then communicated with the victim over a video call in which she was nude. She then cut the call and began blackmailing the victim to pay her money, else, she would send the said recorded video call to his family and tarnish his image.

According to the Bandra police, on June 5, the complainant had received a friend request from an unknown woman on his Facebook account. The victim accepted the said request. The victim and the accused then began chatting over the Facebook messenger. After some time, the accused asked the victim to share his WhatsApp number. The two then began chatting with each other over WhatsApp.

"The victim in his complaint has stated that later he received a video call from his Facebook friend and when the victim answered the call, he saw a woman in nude condition over the call. The woman then asked the victim about where he stays and what business he is into. After a few minutes, the woman disconnected the call and sent a screenshot of a video to the victim. The woman had video recorded the call to blackmail the victim," said a police officer.

He added, "In the message, the woman had also demanded Rs 12,000 and threatened to share the video with his family if he refused to pay. After the victim refused to pay, he kept on receiving threatening messages after which he approached the police and got a criminal case registered on Wednesday."

The police have registered a case on charges of acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention, putting the person in fear of injury in order to commit extor­tion, punishment for cheating by personation, punishment for identity theft, punishment for violation of privacy, punishment for publishing or transmitting obscene material in electronic form and punishment for publishing or transmitting of material containing the sexually explicit act, etc., in electronic form.

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