Bengaluru: Techie loses Rs 16 lakh to blackmailers on dating app | Bengaluru News – Times of India

BENGALURU: A city-based software engineer lost Rs 16 lakh after fraudsters threatened to upload his nude video online.
On December 3, he met a woman named Swetha on a dating app and she asked him to pay Rs 2,000 via a digital
payment wallet.
Swetha reportedly provided her friend Nikitha’s
mobile numbers to him. Nikitha made a video call and he saw her posing nude. This call was recorded and the women used it to blackmail him, a police officer said. The techie said two more women, Preeti Agarwal and Sherin, had threatened to upload the video if he failed to pay.
“I transferred Rs 16 lakh through online banking, GooglePay and PhonePe between December 3 and December 13,” the man said in his complaint filed on December 14.
Whitefield police registered a case against Sherin, Swetha, Preethi Agarwal and Nikitha under IPC Sections 419 (punishment for cheating by personation) and 420 (cheating) and sections 66(C) and 66(D) of Information Technology Act. A probe is under way to nab the suspects.
In the second case, the 21-year-old man met a woman via a dating app on November 23; the gang used the same method to blackmail him. Five cases of women extorting money from men after luring them into stripping during video calls were reported at cybercrime police stations in a month. One of the victims was a 39-yearold police inspector.

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