He dropped out of class 12 because he was not inclined to study and his family urged him to work. He loved digital devices, started surfing the Internet, and became addicted to social media “likes”. One fateful morning, his virtual path crossed that of a man from Karachi, Jia Mustufa, who then guided him on his way to defraud millions of people.
He has mastered the tricks and intricacies of this dubious work in three short years. He has earned him nearly 50 crore rupees so far, which investigators believe is the value of the goods he fraudulently bought and sold.
Police say he has 12 cryptocurrency accounts they know of, each with $ 25,000 to $ 30,000. This is the story of Harshwardhan Parmar, 22, a resident of the Narayannagar Society in Isanpur, the son of a contract sanitation worker who worked in the Covid-19 ward of the SVP hospital.
Harshwardhan did not do well in school, barely passing the class 10 exams. In class 11, his family urged him to study well or start working. Fed up with their constant pressure, he started spending time on social media. He did a few photo and video shoots, which made him popular in terms of “likes” on social media.
In 2018, Parmar was added to a Telegram group named ‘Dark Secrets’, where he met people who were mass-selling active bank details. Parmar also dabbled in a few trades and earned around 2,000 rupees on his debut.
While active in such groups, he came into contact with Mustufa, who advised him not to deal with the Open Web and move to the Dark Web.
Mustufa taught him the tricks of the con artist life and advised him to approach Russian hackers who run websites selling the active details of debit and credit cards of people from some 50 countries. Parmar followed directions, bought credit and debit card details, and began draining accounts for people in countries ranging from the United States to Uganda.
Police say Parmar takes less than half a minute to get a victim’s credit or debit card, check the balance, and buy valuables or jewelry, which he later sells for cash. silver.
According to one estimate, he bought and sold items worth Rs 50 crore in about a year. His racket was shattered when cops grabbed him and two others after placing an order for 30 refrigerators from an Ashram Road store.
He was arrested and then released on bail. Even after his release, he continued to shop on the dark web, thanks to which his IP address cannot be traced.
He also takes care of his friends. “If his friends wanted to party, Parmar would book them a luxury suite in a five-star hotel, pay for their wine and their meal, and in some cases also for the services of foreign sex workers,” said a police officer investigating the case.
Police say they are unable to act against him because he did not leave a digital imprint of his racket. They say he is now a graduate to lead a union of a dozen young people, which he mentors to defraud people. They are now using the dark web to get Russian hackers’ debit or credit cards and empty accounts, dividing up various aspects of “work” and product.
Parmar, now a mentor, takes the lion’s share. All these young people have dropped out of school and are ripping off the rich all over the world.