Mumbai: After giving in to loan application scammers three times, a 39-year-old advertising executive filed a case at Meghwadi police station on Saturday against unidentified individuals for harassing him over loans that took him been granted without his will.
The complainant had paid double the amount of the loan deposited in his account by the fraudsters after being threatened with serious consequences if he did not repay. However, after the third case, when the man’s relatives and friends received a message with an obscene metamorphosed photograph accusing him of raping a 15-year-old girl, the man was brave enough to report the same. to the police.
The complainant, a resident of Jogeshwari, said in his statement that on May 22, he applied for a loan from the “Honey loan app” for ₹3,300. He had repaid it with interest but the next day a sum of ₹4,400 were deposited into his account.
Asking the loan application officers why he was given the money, the officers did not respond and threatened him to pay ₹8,000. The man paid the amount but a day later again ₹5,500 was deposited into his account and he was asked to repay ₹10,000. Paying this back, he received ₹6,600 and told to pay back ₹12,000, which he did.
According to the victim, the harassment didn’t stop there and on Friday all his contacts, including family, friends and colleagues, received the message claiming he was a rapist and that the police were looking for him. The victim who could not take it anymore then decided to go to the police and file an FIR against the officers of the loan application.
“We have registered a case and are tracking the accused through their WhatsApp numbers,” said a police officer from Meghwadi police station.
Officers said the victim told them he had received threatening and blackmail calls from seven cell phone numbers of officers who had extorted money from him.