Delhi Police has arrested a 26-year-old man for allegedly attempting to extort cash from a financial institution supervisor in South Delhi’s Malviya Nagar by threatening to put up morphed images of her on Instagram.
According to police, the accused, Sumit Jha, is a B.Com pupil from Noida who learnt the best way to morph images and hack social media accounts two-three years in the past. During questioning, he confessed to having focused greater than 100 ladies with the identical modus operandi. Police mentioned he’s an alcoholic and makes use of the cash to purchase liquor.
The accused often demanded Rs 10,000-15,000 from the ladies, police mentioned.
DCP (South) Atul Kumar Thakur mentioned the girl filed a grievance in opposition to Jha after her Instagram account was hacked and she or he acquired a morphed picture from Jha.
“She said she was being harassed by a man who threatened to post such photos on her account. The accused also contacted her friends online and demanded money from them,” mentioned the DCP.
Police mentioned the district’s cyber cell began the investigation and accessed the accounts of the girl and the accused, who proved to be troublesome to hint as he was utilizing VOIP calls to threaten the sufferer.
“We found that he used WhatsApp and other apps to make calls to avoid detection. We approached internet service providers and asked them to help in identifying him. He was identified on the basis of information received from service providers and informers, and we arrested him from Noida on Tuesday,” mentioned DCP Thakur.
Police mentioned Jha confessed to the crime and informed police that he learnt phishing methods and began hacking social media accounts of girls.
Police mentioned he would take profile footage of girls and morph them into obscene images. “He made several fake social media accounts and used them to send threats to the women, saying he will upload their nude pictures. When the women asked for proof, he would send them morphed photos. Later, he would demand money from them and their friends,” mentioned a senior police officer.
The staff is in search of different ladies he focused. Police mentioned he was earlier named in two circumstances with the identical modus operandi — one in Chhattisgarh and the opposite in Noida. He was arrested in each circumstances in 2018 however launched on bail.