Now, extortionists take to social media to lay traps

Now, extortionists take to social media to lay traps

Sangrur:

  • A girl befriends a local resident on phone, calls him to Mohali and serves him sedative mixed in tea. She then accuses him  of raping her and extorts Rs 25 lakh.
  • A woman befriends a resident of Cheema, takes him to a village and compels him to get intimate with her. Later, four persons bundle him in a car and demand money.

During the past six months, the Sangrur police have busted various gangs involved in extorting more than Rs 45 lakh from area residents. In a majority of these cases, girls befriended their targets through phone calls, Facebook or WhatsApp.

“The girls are so well-trained that area residents easily fall in their trap. First, they call and sometimes, if their target does not give the required response, they start interacting through WhatsApp and finally they become friends on Facebook,” a policeman said.

The police have registered another extortion case against four persons, including Sandeep Singh, Najman, Bura Singh and Nur, for befriending a local on phone and later calling him to a house and extorting money by threatening to implicate him in a false rape case.

“On my complaint, the police have registered a case against three persons for extorting lakhs from me. The women members of the gangs are so smart that they can easily trap youngsters and aged men alike,” said a victim, who got a complaint registered with the police.

Sangrur Superintendent of Police (SSP) Dr Sandeep Garg said he had passed strict directions to all officers in the district to investigate thoroughly before registering the cases.

“Though all rape complaint are not false, but yes, we have detected six extortion cases, where girls or women demanded money after becoming friends with their targets on Facebook, WhatsApp or through phone calls. Even during investigations, we found a rape case false. Residents should stay alert,” the SSP added.

Modus Operandi

The Sangrur police have busted various gangs involved in extorting more than Rs 45 lakh from area residents. In a majority of these cases, girls befriended their targets through phone calls, Facebook or WhatsApp. “The girls are so well-trained that area residents easily fall in their trap. First, they call and sometimes, if their target does not give the required response, they start interacting through WhatsApp and finally they become friends on Facebook,” a policeman said.

[“source=tribuneindia”]