The Cyber Crime Wing of the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) has, in principle, decided to launch a crackdown against fake online faith healers.
The decision was taken during a high-level meeting on Tuesday.
The Cyber Crime Wing of FIA has prepared a list of over 1,000 pages on various social media platforms where fake faith healers engage their victims.
FIA will monitor these pages closely and will also carry out sting operations with the help of victims and other tools to arrest the culprits.
It will also launch a public awareness program to inform the masses about the different ways these scammers target their victims so that they could avoid the trap in the future.
According to FIA sources, the department receives a large number of complaints, that too from major cities, about online fraud from faith healers.
The source informed that most of the victims were women who had fallen into the trap of the conmen while seeking solutions to their personal problems.
The source further stressed that people had lost as much as Rs. 1.5 million to these online fraudsters in hopes for a better future or solution to their most pressing problems.
Most of the victims were from Azad Kashmir, Karachi, Quetta, Lahore, and Upper Punjab, he added.