Gurugram: The gang that duped more than 3000 people and extorted money busted, 3 arrested; Know how to cheat

Gurugram Police has arrested three people from Rajasthan for duping at least 3,000 people across the country on the pretext of delivering liquor home through advertisements on social networking sites. The gang used to extort money from people by threatening to upload their objectionable videos along with updating their KYC forms online.

The arrested accused have been identified as Aaqib Javed, Taslim Khan and Sabbir, residents of Bharatpur, Rajasthan. Their arrest has been made following the complaint of a victim person from Gurugram.

Complaint was lodged on 25 July

ACP (Crime) Preet Pal Sangwan said that a person had lodged a complaint with him on July 25 that he had ordered liquor online after which Rs 1.5 lakh was duped from him. He said the victim saw an advertisement on social media and contacted a prominent Gurugram shop on the given number and placed an order of Rs 11,717. After a few minutes, he was called by a person posing as the seller of the shop. The alleged seller sent a link to the victim, asking him to click on it and pay ₹10 as service charge. When the victim clicked on that link, ₹93,380 was withdrawn from his account. Soon after, around Rs 50,000 was also debited.

Thereafter, the victim tried to call on the given number, but there was no response to the call. Then he went to the shop and found that the shop does not provide any online service, neither does that number belong to the shop.

Sangwan said that after receiving the complaint, a case under sections 419, 420 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and 66D of the IT Act was registered at the cyber police station.

were cheating for more than a year

He said that we formed teams and based on technical surveillance started an investigation and got some leads. After this we sent teams to Bharatpur area. After verifying all the numbers and the involvement of the suspects, we arrested three of them from Jurehra. Police identified the arrested people as Aaqib Javed, Taslim Khan and Sabbir from Bharatpur and said that they were duping people for more than a year.

Used to cheat on the pretext of these works

Sangwan said that these accused had formed a team of 12 people. He said he had given fake advertisements for home delivery of liquor online, selling second hand goods (including vehicles), updating KYC forms and extorting money from people threatening to upload morphed pornographic videos.

Buy more than 300 mobile phones and SIM cards

Police said they also posed as military officers selling second-hand cars and then used to withdraw funds from the victims’ bank accounts by sending QR codes. Police said the gang bought more than 300 mobile phones and SIM cards and released them after each fraud.

More than a dozen women also joined together for sextortion

Police also said that these fraudsters had engaged more than a dozen women to befriend men on WhatsApp, Instagram and Facebook for sextortion. These women used to persuade men to undress and record them on video calls.

Police said the gang then blackmailed the men by threatening to upload photos and videos on social media. He said the women were yet to be identified. Sangwan said that the gang members have duped the victims Rs 25 lakh in the last 15 days.

Police have recovered four mobile phones, Rs 47,200 in cash, 14 SIM cards and ATM cards from them. Their bank accounts have also been frozen.

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