Bengaluru: Couple pays Rs 17 lakh to make minor son a model, conned | Bengaluru News – Times of India

BENGALURU: A couple in Whitefield recently lost Rs 16.7 lakh to cybercrooks while trying to get a role for their minor son in a commercial.
Suresh (name changed), a software engineer, told police that the suspects -Dr Rishi Kapoor aka Apurva Ashwin and Janice-lured him by promising to make his son a film star and model. Ashwin contacted him in November 2020 through phone, claiming that he ran a modelling agency.
Ashwin assured Suresh and his wife that he would get their son a role in a commercial related to a biscuit product. Ashwin sent an invite through WhatsApp and asked the couple to shoot a video of their son and share it with him. Believing him as genuine, the couple shared the video and Ashwin’s agency confirmed that the child was selected for the commercial.
Rs 1.4 lakh registration fee
Later, as asked by Janice, the couple transferred Rs 1.4 lakh as registration fee. The couple received a welcome message from Ashwin on November 29, 2020 after the money transfer.
“The duo later sent us a confirmation about the money transfer. They made WhatsApp calls to discuss photoshoots, designer clothes, accessories and other expenditures. We transferred Rs 16,69,400 in all to their bank accounts. But Ashwin or his agency neither made any commercial with my child nor returned our money,” Suresh alleged.
Realising that he had been cheated, Suresh filed a complaint with Whitefield CEN police on Friday.
The suspects have been booked under IPC sections 419 (punishment for cheating by personation), 420 (cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property) and sections 66(C), 66(D) of Information Technology Act-2000. Janice has been named as the main accused.
Police have launched a manhunt for the suspects with the help of a mobile number used by them to contact the victims. They have also collected details of the account to which the couple transferred the money.

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