On Saturday, the deputy superintendent of Cherlapally jail fell victim to cyber fraud and lost Rs. 1 lakh after allegedly being threatened regarding an obscene video.
The fraudster pretended to be an officer from Delhi’s cybercrime wing and duped the deputy superintendent into believing there was an obscene video of him on social media. The accused gave his name as Ajay Kumar Pandey. He persuaded the victim to contact Rahul Sharma, who agreed to delete the video.
When contacted, Sharma demanded Rs 32,500 from the deputy superintendent in order to have the video removed. Pandey contacted the victim again, telling him that there were two more obscene videos of him on the internet. The superintendent then paid Rs 65,000 to have the videos removed.
When Sharma tried to dupe the victim again and demanded Rs 85,000, he suspected foul play and went to the Kushaiguda police station. A case has been opened, and an investigation has begun.
It is also worth mentioning that according to the National Crime Record Bureau, Telangana contributed to over 10 per cent of cybercrimes reported across the country in 2020.
As per the NCRB’s Crime in India-2020 report, while Telangana had 2,691 cases in 2019, the number of cybercrimes increased to 5,024 in 2020, at a rate of 13.4 cases per lakh population.
Reports indicated that Telangana saw a two-fold increase in cyber crime by 2021. During the year, 8,828 cases of cybercrime were reported. There were 5,833 major offenses and 1,191 cases of online fraud and impersonation.
According to police, the majority of the scams involve unified payment interface (UPI) schemes in which fraudsters encourage victims to scan QR codes in order to receive payment and then trick them into sending money.
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