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71-yr-old Delhi doc loses Rs 8.6L in sextortion trap, 2 held

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NEW DELHI: A 71-year-old doctor in east Delhi fell victim to a sextortion gang. The

scammers

extorted Rs 8.6 lakh from him by threatening to circulate a video of him with a woman in a compromising position on the other end of a video call, police said.
Two suspects, identified as Mahfuz (39) and Aamir Khan (26), were arrested from Mewat in Rajasthan for allegedly running the racket, police said, adding that they were found involved in 25 cases across the country.

Police received a complaint from the doctor who alleged that fraudsters had recorded him in a compromising position during a WhatsApp video call and extorted a large sum of money from him by threatening to publicise the video on social media, a senior police officer said. Multiple teams were formed to crack the case.
“We found that the stolen money was transferred to various bank accounts in Haryana, Punjab and Maharashtra. Remarkably, all of these accounts were opened digitally solely for the purpose of receiving fraudulently obtained funds, lacking proper know your customer (KYC) verification,” said Apoorva Gupta, deputy commissioner of police (east).

While analysing the mobile numbers used by the fraudsters to contact the complainant, the investigation led to Mewat area in Rajasthan. “A raid was conducted, and the two accused were nabbed,” the DCP said, adding that seven phones and 11 SIM cards which were used in the sextortion were recovered from the accused. Two compromising videos of the complainant have also been confiscated.
Further investigation was underway to arrest other members of the gang. Three people, suspected of being involved in other sextortion crimes, have been identified and they guided and initiated the suspects into this activity, police said.
Twenty-five cyber fraud cases from Bihar, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Delhi were found linked to the suspects, police said, adding that these connections were established through analysis of transactions linked to bank accounts.

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