The Crime Investigation Agency (CIA) of Nuh district police of Haryana has busted a sextortion racket run by a gang, who used to record explicit videos of men and women in the rural areas.
In the process CIA personnel arrested six accused, all of them are Muslim men, who used to make video calls to people after making their obscene videos clips. Then they used to physically approach their victims as YouTube officers and tricked them to fall into their trap. Nine mobiles and eleven SIM cards have also been recovered from the arrested accused, officials said.
The officials said the CIA staff was tipped off about certain persons, who were using pornographic clips to blackmail victims. Following this, the CIA officials formed a team and laid a trap. During the trap operation they apprehended six perpetrators named Mastan, Ibram alias Imran, Moin, Shamshuddin, Irfan and Shahid. All of them are residents of the village Laphuri, which is under the jurisdiction of Bichhor police station of the Nuh District, said the officials.
According to Police officials the arrested accused used fake mobile numbers to run WhatsApp accounts and chat with others. “They shot vulgar videos and then blackmailed their victims for money by showing screenshots and threatening to make the clips viral,” an officials said, adding that it has also been found during interrogation that they used to commit online fraud by cheating people of cash and depositing it in their own fake PhonePay and GooglePay accounts.
During the raid at the place from where the accused were operating, they tried to escape, but since they were surrounded from all sides, they could not flee and thus were nabbed, the officials said.
The police found out that the accused had a history of defrauding others through sextortion by fabricating profile IDs in cell phones and threatened to make the videos viral as well as claimed to be YouTube officials.
The police have seized audio clips, screenshots of internet transactions in rupees, recorded films and several pornographic clips that they discovered on their devices, which were confiscated during the raid.
All the accused have been booked by the Nuh Police under various sections of IPC and IT Act and are being investigated after which they would be presented before the district court and taken on remand, the officials said.