Delhi’s North-West District Cyber Cell has unearthed a fraud of around Rs 10 crore from 90 singers on the pretext of increasing likes on Star Maker Singing App. In this case, the cyber cell has arrested an accused from Shillong in Meghalaya. Police are gathering information about other victims.
The arrested accused Mahavir was cheating like this for four years. Police have also come to know about the complaint of cheating of eight and a half lakh rupees in Ferozepur and 24 lakh rupees in Rishikesh against the accused. The accused said that he used to make victims especially budding singers.
Shalimar Bagh man slapped 21 lakhs: According to the information, 50-year-old singer Lokesh Vohra, who lives in Shalimar Bagh area, had created his account on the Star Maker app, on which he used to upload his songs. On the app itself, a person named Mahavir Prasad Sharma contacted him online and claimed that he could help him increase the likes on the songs he uploaded on the Star Maker app. Lokesh fell into the trap and gave him Rs 21 lakh. Mahavir switched off the mobile by taking 21 lakhs.
Clues found from bank account: According to the police, with the registration of the FIR on September 7, a team of SI Virendra was constituted under the supervision of cyber cell in-charge Inspector Sunil Sharma. The team arrested the accused from Shillong through mobile location.
Earning by increasing likes
Increasing likes on star maker app increases the reputation of singers. Along with this, they also get points on likes, which can be redeemed in the bank account. Singers would easily fall into the trap of fraudsters when they were assured of increasing fame and earning through likes.
The number of victims may increase in the investigation
The bank accounts recovered from the possession of the accused are being probed. Based on this, transactions worth crores of rupees have come to the fore. Victims will be contacted based on the account verification. After this the number of victims may also increase. Usha Rangnani, DCP