The Delhi Police arrested two people for luring job seekers by posting fake work-from-home schemes and extorting money through lucrative offers posted on Instagram.
The accused have been identified as Ankit Rathi (30) and Sudhir Kumar (45).
The police received a complaint from a man that he was cheated of more than Rs 9 lakh. He alleged that he was surfing Instagram when he came across a post on ‘Earning huge money daily working from home’.
The police further said that he clicked on the post and was taken to a WhatsApp number asking him to register on a website through a given link. The accused stated that he had to complete the tasks given to him on the website and that was his job. The accused told the victim that he will get a commission along with the original amount after completing the tasks given to him.
The victim initially deposited a small amount and was able to withdraw the money along with the commission earned in his bank account but later when the money increased, he was not able to withdraw it and ended up depositing more money into the bank account on the pretext of government tax, police added.
The accused disclosed that they used to lure jobseekers by posting lucrative job advertisements online and extort them on the pretext of paying for various expenses as part of the job, added officials.