"he shared the private images that she had saved"
Police arrested a 41-year-old Indian man for allegedly hacking a woman’s phone and using her private photos to blackmail her.
The accused was identified as Yuvraj Bhosale, a resident of Pune. He was arrested on December 2, 2021, by Mumbai Crime Branch’s cyber cell unit.
According to the victim, Bhosale also used her bank details to steal Rs. 30 Lakh (£30,000).
Police explained that the woman was a divorcee.
In 2020, she uploaded her profile onto a matrimonial site after her family pressured her to do so.
The woman had also been looking for a job at the time and in September 2020, she uploaded her CV onto various job sites.
She soon got a phone call from Bhosale, who posed as the son of an IPS officer and said that he was a team leader at a production company.
Thinking that she would eventually be offered a job, the woman spoke to him.
Bhosale used the opportunity to gain her trust and he soon hacked into her phone.
An officer said: “The woman sent him the resume but a few days later, she got messages on WhatsApp from an unknown person in which he shared the private images that she had saved in password-protected folders.”
Upon accessing her private photos, Bhosale began blackmailing the woman, demanding money from her.
The officer explained: “Sometimes he said there was an IT raid going on at his place and he needed money.
“Another time, he asked for money, saying his mother had been admitted to hospital in ICU.”
The Indian man had threatened to post the woman’s photos on social media.
According to the victim, Bhosale allegedly accessed her bank account and transferred Rs. 30 Lakhs.
His constant threats even resulted in Bhosale taking her SUV.
The officer said: “As she was scared that he would post her private images on social media, she did not approach the police.
“However, on December 2, she lodged a complaint as the accused kept harassing her.
“The culprit was traced and arrested from Talegaon in Pune.”
Bhosale was arrested and booked for cheating, criminal intimidation, outraging the modesty of a woman, extortion among other sections of the Indian Penal Code.
During the investigation, police found out that he had extorted money from at least 10 other women in a similar fashion.
He had befriended women on matrimonial sites before blackmailing and threatening them.
DCP Rashmi Karandikar said: “During our probe, we found 10 more women whom he has cheated.
“We appeal to people to lodge complaints at their nearest police station if they have been cheated.”