Delhi Crime Branch busted a gang that blackmailed, extorted from men through Facebook
The gang created fake profiles, posing as women, connected with the victims on video calls and meet them in person. When the victims would come to meet the women, the accused would pose as policemen and “barge” in saying they are “raiding” the place and extorted money
The Delhi Crime Branch busted an online extortion gang and arrested the gang leader for allegedly blackmailing of people in the national capital.
The accused was identified as Neeraj who was the main leader of the gang.
The police had received a complaint from from a LIC officer who had said that a group of people whom he met online were threatening him. He claimed he had already paid them Rs three lakhs to them yet he was being threatened and harassed.
According to the crime branch, the gang created fake profiles, posing as women, on Facebook and sent ‘requests’ to their targets. They spoke to the victims over Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp. The accused had also employed women who would connect with the victims on video calls and meet them in person.
When the victims would come to meet the women, the accused would pose as policemen and “barge” in saying they are “raiding” the place. They would then force the victims to pay Rs 3 lakhs-Rs 10 lakhs.
The gang reportedly targetted ‘rich-looking’ men on Facebook and managed to allegedly extort Rs 1.2 crore from the victims.
The police mounted technical surveillance and tracked down the gang that was found to be operating from Paschim Vihar.
The crime branch raided Neeraj’s rented residence in Rohini and recovered a phone and a SIM card, along with a hand-written script that was used by the gang to blackmail the targets. The officials added that Neeraj had two women operatives in the gang that targeted the men in this scam.
This gang has reportedly cheated and extorted around 12 people in last one year.