The Mumbai Cyber police station is probing four cases where men in their late twenties were filmed in the nude allegedly by women they met on a social networking website this month and then forced to pay money in order to prevent the videos being uploaded online. The police are probing whether all four men were targeted by the same individual.
The first two cases took place in Thane and Navi Mumbai, when a student and a businessman, both 25, were sent a Facebook invite by an unidentified woman. They began speaking on a regular basis.
After a point, the woman told both men that she wanted to send nude images of herself to the men, through her webcam. “We suspect that the suspect showed all her victims doctored images and videos of nude women to lure them,” said an officer.
The suspect would then tell her victims that it was their turn. “The victims would agree on the condition that the accused should keep the videos to herself. The suspects took pictures of the victims and also recorded videos,” said the officer.
The men received emails soon after, saying the videos would be uploaded on YouTube unless they paid money. While the student from Thane paid Rs 8,000, the Belapur- based businessman paid Rs 5,000 to the accused, police said.
Two other similar cases were registered in Mumbai in the past two weeks. A 26-year-old software engineer approached the Bhandup police station alleging that a woman he met online had extorted Rs 10,000 from him last month.
Ten days ago, a 26-year-old call centre executive from Borivali became the fourth victim after he was forced to pay Rs 20,000 .“We found a cellphone number on the Facebook page of the suspect in the last case. We are tracing the IP addresses from which the emails were sent,” said the officer.
‘Attacker’ patient shifted to MICU
The 42-year-old HIV positive patient, who allegedly killed another patient in Bombay Hospital’s general ward earlier this month, has been shifted to the MICU (medical intensive care unit) care from the psychiatric ward in the state-run J J Hospital hospital, sources said.