Loan App Extortion Auction: Phone Hacked, Private Photos Shared | Chandigarh News

Panchkula: A 24-year-old’s cellphone was hacked and his personal photos with vulgar messages were sent to people on his contact list after he was late in repaying his loan from an online lending platform day line in an alleged extortion bid.
Sector 17 resident Vijay Kumar in his complaint said his son mohit Garg June 16 uploaded’take liquid‘, an instant loan mobile application, which accessed his photo gallery, contacts, microphone and camera.
On June 17, Mohit took out a loan of Rs 7,000 for one week. Kumar said Mohit repaid the loan with interest after a day’s delay. The complaint alleged that his phone had been hacked and that a photo of Mohit describing him as an “online loan chor” had been sent to all his contacts. Messages were reportedly flashed on WhatsApp mentioning that Mohit had taken out a loan of Rs 3 lakh and fled. Vulgar and obscene messages were sent to Mohit’s contact list using his social media accounts, according to the complaint.
Later, Mohit received a phone call from a woman who threatened him that his transformed photos and videos would be sent to his contacts if he paid 17,000 rupees within three days.
His father approached the cops. Police registered a case under Sections 385 (causing a person to fear harm in order to commit extortion), 419 (punishment for cheating by impersonation) and 420 (deceit and dishonest inducement to deliver goods) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and article 66, 66-C, 67-A of the Information and Technology Act at the Sector 14 Police Station and opened an investigation into the matter.

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