The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Friday arrested three people for allegedly threatening and extorting money from a Mumbai-based businesswoman. One of the arrested accused was posing himself as a CBI officer.
A case was registered on a complaint against two accused and other unknown persons under relevant sections of IPC and the IT Act.
The complainant, in the complaint, alleged that she was being threatened by some CBI officers in the name of making adverse report in an enquiry being conducted by CBI in which another Law Enforcement Agency had already finalized its report.
“For the said purpose, the imposters were calling the businesswoman and sending Whatsapp messages using mobile numbers registered in fake names and addresses. It was revealed during verification that one of the suspects was posing himself as Special Investigation Officer, Sr. SP of CBI, ACB, New Delhi and the other as his subordinate CBI officer,” the official statement said.
The victim also received an email from the fake CBI email ID wherein she was asked to produce documents related to her firm and other personal details to CBI.
“During later conversations, the imposters allegedly asked her to pay Rs 10 lakh for the said purpose and later, the amount was reduced to Rs five lakh. The fraudsters were identified to be based out of Mirzapur (UP) and Bangalore,” the statement read.
The investigation agency apprehended the two accused at Mumbai Airport when they arrived in the city for collecting Rs five lakh from the victim. During the investigation, it was revealed that the emails were spoofed by one accused based at Prayagraj (Uttar Pradesh), who was also arrested.