A Mumbai resident died by suicide on Wednesday after cyber fraudsters allegedly circulated a morphed nude photo among his friends and relatives after he ‘failed’ to repay loans worth Rs 6,000 taken through an instant loan mobile app. The instant loan apps had access to the victim’s mobile data while collecting the information about loans.
This comes a month after another Mumbai man was approached by two women on Facebook and lured them into intimate video calls. The women then threatened to post his nude videos online and demanded money. The man lost Rs 1.86 lakh to cyber frauds.
There’s a new (s)extortion racket in town. The modus operandi involves a contact through social media, dating, a loan app or even WhatsApp. A person is targeted through a video call or a morphed image and then he becomes bait.
In most cases, the victims are threatened with circulating their nude morphed photos or images over a nude video call and then they are blackmailed and extorted with a huge sum.