Businessman ends up giving away Rs 2.69 Cr after sex chat call threat; 11 booked

Gujarat: Businessman ends up giving away Rs 2.69 Cr after sex chat call threat; 11 booked | Photo: Representative Image

Ahmedabad: A businessman from Gujarat allegedly lost Rs 2.69 crore in a ‘sextortion’ trap, police confirmed on Thursday.

As per a PTI report, the victim, who runs a renewable energy firm, said he got a call on August 8 last year from a woman who identified herself as Ria Sharma from Morbi. This woman later convinced him to take off his clothes during a video call. She then cut the call abruptly and asked the man to pay up Rs 50,000 else his nude video clip will be circulated.

After some days, the victim said he got a call from a man who claimed he was an inspector and identified himself as Guddu Sharma from Delhi police. This man extorted Rs 3 lakh from the victim claiming the video clip was in his possession.

A web of frauds

On August 14, another man who introduced himself as a Delhi police cyber cell personnel sought Rs 80.97 lakh claiming the woman had attempted suicide, the official said.

“He paid the money. Then the victim got calls from a fake CBI official who demanded Rs 8.5 lakh to settle the case after claiming the woman’s mother had approached the central probe agency. He continued paying money till December 15 till a fake Delhi High Court order stating the case had been closed made him suspicious,” the official said.

He than approached the Cyber Crime Branch police station on January 10 and lodged a complaint against 11 persons claiming they had extorted Rs 2.69 crore, the official added.

The FIR has been lodged under Indian Penal Code section 387 (extortion), 170 (impersonation as public servant), 465 (forgery) 420 (cheating) and 120-b (criminal conspiracy), among other offences, the official informed.

No one has been arrested in the case so far and a probe was underway, he added.

(With agency inputs)

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