Times of India | 4 days ago | 23-09-2022 | 05:09 am
AHMEDABAD: Once bitten, twice shy, they say. A prominent political leader from the city, however, failed to learn his lesson the first time sextortionists targeted him. The cybercrooks, in fact, used the incident to sympathize with the victim, lure him back into another online friendship that once again ended in a nude video call, and a second attempt at blackmail. This happened in the span of just one month. Sources privy to the development said the politician, a law expert who holds important positions in the party and a civic body, befriended a woman on social media a month ago. "They began chatting late at night, exchanging their views on love and life. One fine night, the girl, with the politician's permission, made a video call to him. When the politician joined the call, he realized that the woman was nude and making indecent gestures. She disconnected the call in a few minutes," said one of the sources. However, the damage was done. "Cybercrooks had taped the politician watching the naked woman using a screen recording tool. They asked him to pay Rs 5 lakh if he did not want them to circulate the video, besmirch his reputation, and spoil his career. The politician paid the money online to get rid of the sextortionists." A few days later, a man befriended the prominent political leader online and "shared that a woman on his friend list had similarly blackmailed him", said the sources. The man gained the politician's trust. "He then introduced the politician to a woman, claiming she would be a good companion. The politician told her about his ordeal, and she sympathized with him. They began chatting. A week later, the woman asked him if he would be comfortable talking to her on a video call. The politician agreed. He joined the call to find the woman naked. Once again, he had fallen into a trap set by a cyber gang. They again asked for Rs 5 lakh," a source revealed. This time, the politician contacted his well-wishers in the state home department. "A home department officer deployed someone to look into the case. Inquiry revealed that a gang from Alwar in Rajasthan was behind the racket," said sources.