The Special Investigation Team (SIT) of Mumbai Police, which was formed comprising of personnel from Crime Branch investigating the fake ‘likes and subscriptions’ racket for celebrities and ‘influential’ personalities arrested a Mira Road Resident, who is the proprietor of a social media company. SIT has arrested Parminder Sharma (45) who was providing fake likes, followers, subscribers and views to the accounts on social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube. He charges the money against these ‘illegal’ services.
SIT said, “Sharma is a resident of Mira Road and runs a racket with several websites. He provides fake views, followers, retweets likes and subscriptions to celebs on social media platforms.
Earlier, Sharma has worked with two media companies in the creative department. Police suspect that he has provided likes and followers to several celebrities. He has more than 15 years of experience.
Nevertheless, Sharma is the third person arrested in this case. Earlier, police have arrested Mansoor Kashif Tanwar and Abhishek Dawre. Police have questioned several Social Media Companies in this regards.
Police suspect that Sharma has provided lakhs of bots to celebrities. “We are scrutinising his accounts to ascertain how much money he has earned by indulging in this illegal business,” said an official.
So far, the SIT has identified 79 portals engaged in such fake Social Media Marketing Influencers’ Fraud racket. The arrested accused had been operating through several such portals such as www.yoyomedia.co.in, www.blowsmm.com. These portals were under the radar of the investigators from several months.
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The scam has come to light after singer Bhoomi Trivedi complained to Bangur Nagar police station on July 11. She alleged that someone had created a fake profile on Instagram using her name and photos. Trivedi said the account holder is using it to scam others.