A Uttar Pradesh man has been arrested for creating a fake Facebook profile of Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant and soliciting money from people on his friend list.
The Goa Police Criminal Section released a statement saying that the accused Mohammad Shakir had created fake profiles of various bureaucrats and politicians. In a joint operation with Haryana and Uttar Pradesh, arrested Shakir in Mathura and recovered 200 SIM cards from him.
According to an IANS report, in July this year, an FIR was filed against unknown individuals after a fake social media account was created in Sawant’s name and messages were sent to people known to the Minister in chief asking for money to be transferred to Shakir. account through PayTM.
Shakir was arrested under Sections 66C and 66D of the Computers Act and Sections 419, 420 and 511 of the Indian Penal Code.
“A discreet and technical investigation into the crime revealed that the current crime was committed from Mewat in Haryana, Mathura in Uttar Pradesh and surrounding areas. As a result, information regarding the suspect has been shared with Mewat and Mathura Police,” the statement read.
In a recent decision, the Indian government has mandated major social media companies like Facebook, Twitter and Google to remove accounts with fake profile pictures of well-known personalities and companies, and even the general user within 24 hours. after being notified by the user or someone on the user’s behalf. It is part of the new IT rules and social media giants will have to act immediately after receiving a complaint to this effect, according to a report by Times of India. The move would end the threat of identity theft on social media in India.
Between October and December last year, Facebook deleted more than 1.3 billion fake accounts.
Read all the latest news, breaking news and updates on coronavirus here