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Juvenile arrested for impersonating Rajya Sabha MP on social media



A minor was held by the Cyberabad cyber crime police for creating a fake social media account of a member of parliament in Rajya Sabha. The accused who is just 17-year-old allegedly impersonated the Rajya Sabha MP on social media to extort money.
According to the police the offender hails from Uttar Pradesh and was a master in impersonation who wanted to make quick money by cheating people. The matter came to light after the accused started sending a friend request to everyone on social media by creating a fake profile of MP Santosh Kumar Joginapally.
Police said on August 25, they received a complaint from a person who complained that he received a friend request from the MP on Facebook in the month of June. He was delighted to receive the request from the lawmaker. But things quickly changed after accepting the request as the juvenile started chatting and demanded money. “I was shocked why a member of parliament will demand money from a common man. He told me on chat that he needs Rs 50,000 for medical treatment of his friend’s daughter,” said the complainant.
The complainant said when he dodged the payment and kept denying him the minor started sending Google Pay and Phonepe link and mobile number to deposit the money. This made suspicious following which the complainant contacted the police and informed the matter.
Based on the complaint, cops tracked the accused in UP, said K Chandrashekar, Inspector of cybercrime. “On investigation, our team found that the accused was a juvenile who wanted to get rich quickly and was influenced by Bollywood movies, so he adopted such techniques to deceive the citizens by impersonating a famous personality,” the officer said.
The juvenile was master in impersonating famous personalities as he would learn their language, their movements by monitoring their social networking profiles. The juvenile accused was brought to the city and the further course of action would be decided based upon his previous history, police said.

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