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Crime through technology by an IIT Post-graduate

Rakesh Jangid(23) got arrested from Pundlota (his hometown) in Rajasthan’s Nagpur District. According to reports he was an IIT postgraduate of 2019 batch and he was allegedly running a fake website with pictures of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and attracting people with “Free Laptop Government Scheme on the occasion of Re-election of New Government”.Even fake promotional multimedia messages were being used with the logo of ‘Make in India’ and pictures of honourable Prime Minister. This person did it all to lure people to register themselves for gaining laptops free of cost.His plans were to gather personal data of millions of people through the registration process and further use them for illegal monetary gains. Information about his planned fraud was received by the Cyber Crime Unit of Delhi Police. The creation of such website under the domain name www.modi-laptop.wishguruji.com which was promising the distribution of free laptops to millions of people on the occasion of the formation of Modi’s new government got exposed.

Under the IT Act, a criminal case was registered, and the matter got investigatedusing technical assistance from labs of CyPAD, the police said. It was during the interrogation, that the accused revealedhe wanted to earn web advertising revenue from increased website traffic through this website. The senior officer said, he was also aiming to get his hold on the personal data of millions of people which could be later forwarded to various cyber criminals to cheat the victims so that money can be extorted from them on various pretexts.

The person accused had cleverly used a program called GooglAdsensethat permits website owners and bloggers to make money by displaying Google ads, he said. The IIT post graduate student was reportedly also offered a job in a private company in Hyderabad but he rather chose crime to make easy money, the officer said. According to the Police, Investigation of the case is in progress. In fact, more efforts are being made to identify there are other people involved in the scam.

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