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Student ‘blackmailing’ girls on Facebook arrested

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It is turning out to be dangerous to be friends or chat with unfamiliar persons online, male or female. Substantiating this is the story of an engineering student from the city who collected private photos of nearly 200 teenaged girls after befriending them online with fake Facebook accounts and tried to extort money from them. .

Abdul Majid, a third year engineering student of a private college from Banjara Hills, was arrested by the Cyberabad police on Friday ‘for demanding money from nearly 60 students’ threatening to post their intimate photos online. The victims are from reputed schools of Hyderabad. Majid created six Facebook accounts with fictitious names of girls.

He used photos of teenaged girls collected from Internet for these accounts, Cyberabad Police Commissioner C.V. Anand said at a press conference. By browsing Internet, he identified FB accounts of students from top schools and began sending ‘friend requests’ to them. Since the requests came from accounts having names and photos of girls, most unsuspecting receivers readily accepted. “After chatting formally for a few days, Majid (seen as a girl to the viewers) would start asking them intimate questions and request them to send their private photos,” the Commissioner said.

Believing ‘the friend’ to be a girl, many of them shared their private photos. After winning their confidence, Majid asked the students to take their nude pictures and share them assuring confidentiality. If the girls refused, he threatened that he would share contents of the chat with others.

Once the unsuspecting girls sent such pictures, he began calling them on their mobile phones demanding money. A plus-two student too almost fell into his trap but grew suspicious when the ‘online friend’ requested to share private photos. Analysing the internet protocol address and the mobile phone numbers, Inspector Mohd. Riyazuddin and ACP S. Jayaram arrested Majid.



Abdul Majid creates fake FB accounts, befriends girls, and tries to extort money by threatening to post their intimate photos online



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