FRAUDSTER USES SONU SOOD’S NAME TO CHEAT; ACTOR APPEALS NOT TO CHEAT PEOPLE IN NEED

Without a second thought Bollywood actor Sonu Sood is rightly called a ‘Superhero’ and has won countless admirers for the efforts he has made to help the needy ever since the pandemic-induced lockdown began. While social media is abuzz with the actor’s relief work, fraudsters are trying to exploit vulnerable individuals by using his name.

Bollywood actor Vishal Lamba has lodged a complaint at Oshiwara police station against unknown cyber fraudster for allegedly cheating people in the name of actor Sonu Sood.

Lamba, who is close to Sood, in his complaint, said that a person received a call from a fraudster who claimed to be Sood’s manager. The accused allegedly said if the person wanted help from Sood, he would have to deposit ₹1,700 into a bank account as processing fees. However, the fraudster stopped receiving calls after the man deposited the money, said Lamba.

“I have even told these fraudsters, through my social media account, that if they are in need of money they can contact me and I will arrange a good job for them, and asked them not cheat the needy. In one such incident, a woman who was in need of an ambulance for her mother was asked to deposit ₹8,000 to ₹10,000 by someone who said that he was from my team. The woman deposited the money but did not get an ambulance, because of which her mother died. I came to know about it after the incident, and later we helped her,” said Sood.

Dayanand Bangar, senior inspector from Oshiwara police station, said, “We have registered a case against the unknown person and started the investigation.” The case has been registered under section 419 (cheating by personation), 420 (cheating) of the Indian Penal Code and section 66D (cheating by personation by using computer resource) of the Information Technology Act.

Source: Hindustan Times

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