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Cyber Crime: Techie held for impersonating woman on Facebook and committing fraud

According to the Rachakonda Cyber Crime police the accused, identified as 24-year-old Bathula Venkateswarlu, a B.Tech graduate was presently working at a Madhapur-based computer graphics firm.

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Cyber Crime: Techie held for impersonating woman on Facebook and committing fraud

Hyderabad: A man who logged into a woman’s Facebook account and attempted to extract money from her friends, was arrested by Hyderabad police.

According to the Rachakonda Cyber Crime police the accused, identified as 24-year-old Bathula Venkateswarlu, a B.Tech graduate was presently working at a Madhapur-based computer graphics firm.

The woman said in her complaint that she was unable to login to her social media account since September 2019.

She further alleged that someone was trying to extract money from her friends on the false pretext of her medical treatment. She came to know about this after one of her Facebook friends reached out to her personally.

“During interrogation, Venkateswarlu confessed to have sent a link from a phishing website and stolen her Facebook ID and password. Using her credentials, he logged into the account, changed the password, recovery email address and phone number, the police said in a press note.

“He then, impersonating her, began chatting with some of her online friends through Facebook messenger and asked for money in small sums to pay for medical bills, mentioning that she was falling short of money as she met with a road accident. Those who believed the version to be true, asked for bank account details to transfer funds to lend help. The accused shared his bank account details. Efforts are on to identify other victims too,” the police further added.

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