Jul 292017

Money laundering cases under pseudonyms, especially those of celebrities or influential figures, are not uncommon, and the latest to fall prey to a similar case is Rajkummar Rao. Rao, under whose name a fake account has been created on social networking site Facebook, is set to lodge a complaint with the Cyber Crime Cell on Monday, after he was alerted about the fictitious account by a friend.

The imposter, it has been suggested, has been sending messages to people on the platform, notifying them of a casting requirement, and attempting to extract money in the process. There have also been reports of obscene messages being sent from the account.

Apart from bringing the incident to the notice of Facebook, Rao also took to his handle to share: “Guys, this is an imposter. I only have one account on FB which is a verified one. Be aware of such people. Usually actors have verified accounts. Don’t trust the ones who don’t.”

Given his shooting commitments for Hansal Mehta’s film on Subhash Chandra Bose in Ladakh, Rao was unable to use his account for a while. A source tells us, “All of this transpired while he was away from social media. Luckily, no one has lost money or been adversely affected. It is expected that the account will be pulled down by Facebook soon. Meanwhile, the officials of Cyber Crime Cell have been informed of it.”

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