An IIT graduate was arrested for cheating people through a fake website that claimed that the re-elected Narendra Modi government was distributing free laptops to 20 million people, police said Sunday.
The suspect, Rakesh Jangid (23), intended to earn from the advertisements as well as collect personal data of people registering there, said Anyesh Roy, deputy commissioner of police. He duped the people under the scheme called ‘Free Laptop Government Scheme on the Occasion of Re-election of New Government’.
On the morning of June 3, www.modi-laptop.wishguruji.com, had 1.52 million page views and the advertisements on it were clicked 68,000 times, said the DCP. “Since the advertisement about free laptops was attractive, the website would get more traffic and hencemore ads. He would receive 68% of revenue earned from the ads”, said the DCP.
The IIT postgraduate of the 2019 batch, was arrested from his hometown Pundlota in Rajasthan’s Nagaur district, according to the Police.
Over 15 lakh people were duped within two days, the police said, when the website offered the bogus scheme. Iinstant messaging apps and WhatsApp were used to promote the fraudulent scheme.
According to the police, the accused used ”Make in India” logo and picture of the prime minister on the website to lure people to register themselves for getting free laptops.
The DCP did not reveal the IIT the suspect from but clarified that he had completed a five-year integrated course in economic sciences this year.
The police, meanwhile, is trying to identify the involvement of others in the scam.