The accused’s account had already been traced and frozen. The action came after it was found that the fraudster had first transferred the money to multiple banks and then transferred it to an account in a private bank in Maharashtra. The investigation has been extended outside Gujarat to find the absconding accused. It is being investigated in Maharashtra and Goa. He has been found to have visited here.
The accused is the son of a former Assistant Public Prosecutor. The accused, a B.Com graduate, is addicted to online gambling. It was also found that the defendant used tools and technologies freely available in the open market. The accused had spent a lot of time trying to find the victim and know the victim’s details. It was also found that the WhatsApp call was made using a fake SIM.
Deepfake uses artificial intelligence and machine learning algorithms to use images, audio and recordings of people to create fake video and audio messages on their behalf. PS Radhakrishnan, a native of Palazhi, Kozhikode, who retired from India, was the victim of fraud.
The fraud was carried out by pretending to be a friend of Radhakrishnan, whom he had worked with previously and known for more than 40 years. He was making WhatsApp audio and video calls in the guise of Radhakrishnan’s friend. He was calling from Dubai airport and wanted money for the urgent treatment of his sister in India who is in critical condition. As he saw his friend’s face and shared his details, he gave the money without suspecting it. He paid Rs 40,000 through Google Pay without knowing that he was talking about a ‘digital copy’.
As soon as he got this, the scammer came back with a fake picture of his friend and asked for money again. The 73-year-old says he even saw his friend’s face on the phone screen.
He revealed how retired life is in Kozhikode and even asked about his daughter who recently moved to Singapore from Gurgaon in Haryana. He also pointed out in the complaint that the fraudster spoke at length about all our friends in Kohl India and others who are now settled in different parts of India. When he asked for money for the second time, he called the friend’s number which he had saved earlier to clear the doubt, and the scam was revealed.