Man arrested in Bengaluru for cyber bullying, extortion of a Goa based woman

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Panaji: Goa Cyber crime police on Saturday arrested a man in Bengaluru for posting a fake job advertisement online, cyber bullying and the extortion after a Goa-based woman filed complaint against him.

A team of Cyber Crime Police led by Superintendent of Police Rahul Gupta arrested the accused Mohan Raj V (29) in Bengaluru after laying a trap.

Police spokesman said that the accused has been booked under sections 354A (sexual harassment), 384 (extortion) of Indian Penal Code and sections 66E and 67A of the Information Technology act.

The case was registered on April 30, 2024 after the victim approached Cyber Crime cell that the accused published a fake job advertisement for vacancy at Fab company (First Abu Dhabi Bank) and contacted the complainant through a chatting app, police said.

“The accused lured her into attending an online interview via video call, during which they coerced her to undress, posing as representatives of the company, and recorded the video and took screenshots,” the spokesman said..

He said that following this, the accused began blackmailing the complainant, demanding sexual favors to delete the compromising material.

As per the complaint, the victim had been harassed by the accused for the past two months. During this period, the accused threatened the complainant, demanding she meet him in Bangalore or he would release her video and pictures publicly.

The spokesman said that the police laid a trap was set, and a team traveled to Bangalore with the victim. “After extensive efforts and a long chase, the accused was apprehended when he arrived to meet the victim,” the spokesman said.

Police said that the accused has confessed to his crime. “The Chats the victim and videos of the victim recorded on the accused phone were recovered. Phone will be sent for cyber forensics examination,” he said.

The spokesman said that during the investigation it was revealed that the accused created fake accounts using VPN phone numbers and posted fraudulent job offers (Photo of offer message annexed), targeting female victims.

“They randomly contacted these women, induced them to participate in online interviews with promises of high salary packages, and then recorded compromising images and videos. These recordings were subsequently used to blackmail the victims for sexual gratification,” he said.

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