16-year-old Rajasthani boy detained for falsifying Chengalpattu district collector’s Facebook profile

The teenager had created a fake Collector profile and was asking people on the Collector’s friends list for money, claiming he had a medical emergency.

The teenager had created a fake Collector profile and was asking people on the Collector’s friends list for money, claiming he had a medical emergency.

A 16-year-old boy from Rajasthan has been apprehended by cybercrime police in Chengalpattu, for allegedly creating a fake Facebook profile in the name of Chengalpattu district collector and attempting to collect money from people on the list of friends.

A month ago, Chengalpattu District Collector AR Rahul Nath filed a complaint with Chengalpattu District Cybercrime Police. He alleged that a stranger created a fake profile in his name, using images from his original page and asked his friends for money through the Facebook messaging service. The stranger told people on the collector’s friend list that he desperately needed money for a medical emergency. Seeing the message, people began to inquire personally with the collector.

A case was filed by the Chengalpattu Cyber ​​Crime Police under Sections 420 (Cheating) of the IPC and 66D (Punishment for cheating by impersonation using computer resources) of the Information Technology Act. information (Amendment). 2008. A special police team led by Inspector R. Sivakumar and Deputy Inspector B. Dhanasekaran launches an investigation.

After a thorough investigation, the police team analyzed the messages and tracked down the suspect who was operating in a remote village, Khoh, in Bharatpur district, Rajasthan. Police said the boy was only 16 and studying in 10th standard. A policeman said: “He had some knowledge of English and Tamil and managed to create a fake profile of the collector. Using a translation app on his cell phone, he sent short messages and asked for money via Facebook messages. With the help of the Rajasthan police, we managed to catch him.” He was brought before the Chengalpattu District Juvenile Justice Board and placed in the observation home by order of the board.

District Police Superintendent P. Aravindhan said people are advised not to transfer or send money if a relative or friends on Facebook Messenger are asking for money due to an emergency, because it could be fake messages.