Cyber criminals targeted the son of a former Karnataka MLA and extorted money from him via a payment app over an alleged sleaze clip. Despite the matter being reported with the cyber-crime police, the fraudsters are yet to be identified.
According to the police, trouble started after Naveen, the son of former JD(S) MLA N H Konaraddi, received a video call from an unknown number that was disconnected after a few seconds. He later received a 13-second video clip on WhatsApp in which his picture from the previous call was morphed with a nude woman. The caller then instructed him to send money and threatened to make the recording public if he did not do so.
He sent a total of Rs 13,200 from his UPI account to the given contact number, fearful of losing his reputation. Later, he went to the Dharwad cyber-crime police station to register the case where the police froze the criminals’ accounts.
“I received a video call, and the screen went black, but the video call showed my part of the window. It was disconnected after a few seconds. “Two hours later, I got a video on my WhatsApp number of a nude woman posing with my video morphed in it,” Naveen explained.
“I followed my father’s advice and went to the cyber-crime police station. In the meantime, the caller had sent the same video to three of my acquaintances. I received a couple of messages on my phone requesting Rs 5,000. I transferred Rs 5,000 because I was afraid the video would go viral. They later demanded another Rs 5,000 and then another Rs 3,200,” he said.
With the assistance of bank officials, the offenders’ accounts were immediately frozen after it was discovered that they were being operated from Rajasthan. Naveen had not received any video calls or chats on his mobile number since the complaint.