The Delhi police have arrested a 34-year-old man for allegedly blackmailing women and extorting money from them on social media.

The accused, Akash Choudhary, made fake profiles on social networking websites and approached women through them. His plan of action was to save pictures of girls and women from their Instagram and Facebook profiles. On basis of those photos, he would blackmail the girls and extort money from them. He operated six Facebook IDs and several Instagram accounts from which he downloaded pictures of women who lacked proper privacy and security settings. Chaudhary would then use those pictures and made fake IDs, similar to the original account.

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In some cases, he went ahead and threatened the girls that he would upload their pictures on escort service websites.

“34-year-old Akash Choudhary, who is a BCom graduate and operates a meat shop in Gurugram, has been arrested on charges of downloading pictures of girls from Instagram and Facebook profiles and misusing them through fake IDs to extort money,” said Chinmay Biswal, DCP South East Zone, TNIE reported.

Crimes like these have become a norm in the virtual world. In another such case, it was found that a man from Hyderabad was deceived by the fake profile of a woman who said she was from Singapore. She allegedly asked him to send his private pictures and information and when he did, she made a morphed video of him and sent it to him on WhatsApp to blackmail him. Eventually, he had to transfer Rs. 30,000 to her account.

The accused, 34-year-old Akash Choudhary, is a BCom graduate and operates a meat shop in Gurugram. He has been arrested on charges of downloading pictures of girls from Instagram and Facebook profiles and misusing them through fake IDs to extort money

“Things went well until Tuesday when I received an obscene video and pictures (of myself) that looked morphed, on my WhatsApp, from an unknown number who started threatening me by demanding that they would post the video and pictures to all my near and dear ones on social media and will damage my reputation if I don’t send the money,” the victim said, Deccan Herald reported.

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