The Delhi police booked a gang who duped thousands of people off Rs. 30 lakhs by sending ‘notices’ to them for watching porn. The 3-men gang took advantage of easily-influenced people and sent them fake notices where they asked people to pay up for watching porn or face legal action. According to the police, the fake notices claimed that their computers will be “blocked” as they were watching pornographic content involving sexual violence or pedophilia.

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While the Raj Kundra pornography scandal is still under the public and legal scrutiny, another massive pornography related scam has been seeing the light of the day. However, there is one massive difference. While the former scandal deals with alleged distribution of pornography content, the latter is all about taking advantage of those who were consuming porn.

Recently, the Delhi Police Cyber Cell’s special wing arrested 3-people who people who were extorting money from those who were watching porn. This gang told people that they were caught red-handed watching porn which is illegal. Then, the gang sent these people fake notices and asked them to pay up a fine of Rs. 3,000 – or face legal actions.


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How Did the ‘Porn Fake Fine’ Scam Work?

The accused bombarded the people with fake pop-ups to internet users where it was claimed that watching pornography was illegal. Within the pop-ups, the gang had implemented a QR Code payment system or UPI payment system using which a user could pay the fake ‘fine’.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Anyesh Roy (Cyber Cell), was reportedly quoted saying-

“There were a few complaints online about fake ads and pop-ups warning internet users that they were caught watching pornography and it’s illegal. These notices also had UPI payment and QR code payment options to pay the ‘fines’.”


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Rs. 30 lakhs duped in total, Thousands Affected

The police also claimed that the fake-notice pop-ups would claim that a user’s computer will be “blocked” as they were caught watching content which was violent or involved pedophilia. Upon being bombarded with the serious accusations, the police said that people paid up immediately. As many as thousands of people were duped and the police said that these people were duped of Rs. 30 lakhs.


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How Did the Police Nab the Accused?

After getting complaints on the fake notices, the police started off with their investigation. During it, they found that the notices were being routed from international locations. The police also analyzed the bank accounts and followed the money trail from the transactions. After weeks of investigation, the police nabbed the mastermind of the scam who worked from Cambodia. To nab one of the other accused, the police went to Tamil Nadu.

DCP Anyesh Roy was quoted saying-

“We found that the accused received the money in accounts set up in Tamil Nadu. Our team went there but faced many challenges as the accused used bogus addresses. However, they stayed there for a week and raided places in different cities and towns. They managed to apprehend three persons, including local mastermind B Dhinushanth.”


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20 Accounts Already Seized

After nabbing, Dhinushanth, the police got to know that his brother who resides in Cambodia’s Veal Pon – is the mastermind of the whole scam and remains to be arrested. Meanwhile, 2 other accused – Gabrial James and Ram Kumar – are both Chennai citizens and helped the primary accused with acts such as transferring of money. As many as 20 bank accounts have already been seized by the police. These accounts were used to receive the money and hide the transaction trails.