Posing As Cop on FB, Conman Dupes Rs 10 lakh From Odisha Youth

Koraput: Think twice before making friends or chatting with unknown strangers on social media as you might become a victim of blackmailing. Carrying out probe in one such cheating case, Odisha Police on Saturday arrested a youth for duping an engineer worth Rs 10 lakh by posing as the Cuttack DCP.

Senior police officials informed that the accused, Pavitra Mohan Mohanty had created a fake Facebook ID in the name of a girl and sent a friend request to a youth in 2017.

After becoming friends, Mohanty started to share obscene pictures and messages with the youth.
“After chatting and sharing obscene pictures, the accused had closed the Facebook account. Later, posing as Cuttack DCP, he started to blackmail the youth by sharing his chat messages,” said Semiliguda SDPO, Niranjan Behera.

Behera further informed that the accused had threatened to arrest the youth by implicating him in a false case. With no other option, the youth had transferred over Rs 7.13 lakh in two years in the bank account of the accused.

“The matter came to light after the youth refused to pay Rs 57,000 as demanded by the accused recently and lodged a complaint in connection with the incident. We have arrested the accused,” said Behera.