The victim approached the Juhu police when the person kept making threatening calls demanding money, failing which his wife’s photo will be uploaded on the site.
The incident occurred when the victim who was staying in a five-star hotel in Juhu was looking for spas to get massage service when he clicked on a link that appeared to be an escort service. “The cyber team has sought the internet protocol (IP) to track the creator of the website. They are also going through the call data to locate the accused,” said a police officer at the Juhu police station.
In the complaint, the victim said, “I was staying in a five-star hotel when I browsed the internet looking for spas. I came across a link, ‘Looking for escorts’. Soon after, a person called on my mobile and sent photographs of a few women along with their rates. Sensing something amiss I blocked the number. However, the same day I received a call from the same person who forwarded my and my wife’s photo that he downloaded from my WhatsApp display picture. The person threatened to upload my wife’s edited photo on an adult website along with his (accused) mobile number.”
A police officer said soon the victim received multiple calls and abusive texts which were demanded. A case is registered under the Indian Penal Code sections 384 (extortion), 506 (criminal intimidation), and under the IT Act 66 C (identity theft) and 66 D (cheating by impersonation) against the unknown person.