Monday, August 27, 2018

The Ghaziabad Conman - Part 1

First, a little side-show

In the many years that this blog has existed and criticised the corrupt media, anti-Hindu forces and many corrupt public figures, it had become a catchy brand-name in social media. Consequently, the handle @MediaCrooks on Twitter produced many duplicates and imitators. Most of these were/are innocent and trying to cash-in on a known handle and didn’t cause any damage to anyone. Some had different “variations” of the Mediacrooks name:

All this was fine till Twitter suspended my original handle in May 2018. Immediately, in the same month, a fraudulent, duplicate handle “@Mediacrooks3” (No.3) became active. This handle started copy-pasting many of my tweets from my second handle. That didn’t bother me much either. But then, this No.3 not only started claiming it was me, it started abusing and targeting some people who exposed it as a fake. No.3 not only fooled a few but apart from abusing some, it also made public private information of some.

Naturally, I had to hunt it down. I sought the help of a cyber expert and, unsurprisingly, the IP of this fraudulent handle No.3 was located in Delhi and was also tweeting in fake handles from this IP address. I instantly who knew it was based on the grammatical mistakes and poor language in its own tweets and had planned on legal action. However, this No.3 has since been suspended so I have let the matter rest there. Apart from me, many on Twitter now know who operated this handle and from where. So, for the time-being, I will let it pass. This is for public information and to inform that any Twitter handle of mine will be reflected on this blog.


Introducing Conman Gaurav Pradhan

In the years of writing this blog, I have written only about media, public figures and public issues. Never have I written about SM websites or individuals on SM. This exception comes for a very strong reason because this conman Gaurav Pradhan has provided many individuals, groups, media and online sites very good reasons to do so. Nobody looks at a man’s shoes unless it’s clearly dirty. Nobody seeks proof of your education or degree on SM. Nobody looks at the public behaviour and character of a person unless he threatens many, abuses them through multiple handles and claims great power that he doesn’t possess. Firstly, let us understand the difference between a fraudster and a conman:

A fraudster defrauds by misrepresentation, cheats for financial gains. It could be ordinary forging of cheques or documents to selling cars that don’t belong to him. These are two examples. The fraudster is an opportunity-based operator, with or without prior planning and his victim can be anyone. The fraudster can be a lone-wolf or may have accomplices.

In contrast, A conman plans his operation. He plays for a long time on the emotions of his victims to gain their trust and part with their money or some resource. The Love-Jihad operator is also a conman who wins the trust of a woman first and then defrauds her. The conman’s victims invest so much trust in him that they don’t realise that they are being steadily and even repeatedly being cheated. The conman can be a single operator or a group but usually, even the single operator has some accomplices who ENDORSE his claims, his credibility etc. to others so that they get a share of the spoils. A long-term conman thus steadily builds a small army of accomplices who help him trick and cheat his victims in various forms.

That was a small explanation for a clearer understanding of important terms. So, what makes this guy Gaurav Pradhan a “Conman”? Many things. Firstly, on social media, GP goes by the title of “Doctor” and his Twitter handle is @DrGPradhan and his FB page also claims “DrGPradhan”. I don’t think he’s a medical doctor. If he’s a doctorate through some research and thesis and has a PhD degree, nobody knows on what and from which university. He never answers the question “Doctorate in what and from which university” to anyone. Why is this important? Because people use titles to con people without actually possessing them. Many AAP MLAs were caught with fake degrees. If the guy wasn’t a conman, nobody would give a damn if he claimed being a doctor or a rocket-scientist. In his current Twitter profile GP is everything from data scientist to a pilot. This has changed a bit from all the companies he mentioned in his previous profiles (which are with me on record).

GP claims to have a “network” of intel agents and knows everything from what’s going with CIA, ISI, Pak and even what goes on in the bedrooms of Sagarika Ghose, Rana Ayyub and other media women. Some weeks back, I had threatened to expose GP thoroughly in a series of blogs. And whenever he faces a backlash, GP behaves like a wimp, cries like a Pappu, seeks hugs from his followers and sometimes other things. It wasn’t different this time either:

So, the wimp wants to become a “monk”. He wants to relocate to the hills and from a dark, hilly road (?) tweets at 2.46am in the morning. Well, you would be right if you made a wild guess that this coward conman went nowhere but was losing sleep at his home or at the home of his “sidekick” in Delhi. You see, like any other terrible conman, this GP also makes a lot of “clerical mistakes”. The guy is married and everyone on SM knows that. In the tweet starting his journey at 2.35pm on August 24 to the hills, he grandly claims he is travelling with his “GF”. Well, I don’t know if he calls his wife “GF” or his vehicle or he really has some other GF. Not my business, but this is how conmen often stumble and bumble on their way to stupidity. I can smell a rat from a million miles – and I could see that GP was nothing but a stupid conman from his first interaction with me:

Cheapster cannot afford a book priced at around INR 300. Back then, this blog had more than 10 million views and my Twitter handle had four times more followers than this guy. Yet, he would “take it to the world”. The “Pompous Rat” was visible even in these mild exchanges. But there was worse to come from this conman. This time, he fooled thousands of people:

Everyone knows the fist-fight Rajdeep Sardesai was involved in at Madison Square Gardens. Suddenly, out of nowhere, this conman Pradhan jumps up and claims he has sent a notice to file a $300 Mn suit against Rajdeep for his hooliganism and violence in New York. Naturally, his idiotic followers went “Wow Wow” and GP even managed to fool some media folks like Zee TV and some rag-tag online outfits. I pointed out on Twitter that this was an outright fraudulent-drama being played out by this conman GP and that he was neither a victim nor present at the site of the incident and had absolutely no business in filing any case or claiming even $1 of damages. That apart, this conman wouldn’t have the money for the court-fee for such a damage-claim of $300 Mn dollars. Forget court fees, this conman GP did not even pay the lawyer who draft his petition:
The handle @MusicalTrees is the lawyer who drafted GP’s stupid petition but got no payment for it. That is how conman GP cheats others. Not wanting to get into a tangle of old matters, @MusicalTrees deleted some of his tweets on GP’s non-payment and in this particular tweet in above image, he sarcastically asks if some other lawyer has billed GP for his labour and services.

A petty thief

Stealing and thieving are character flaws. And petty theft is even worse. If a man is a thief by character, you post him as a constable, he will steal fines without challans. You post the same guy in an office, he will steal stationery and pins. You post him in a canteen or restaurant – he will steal food, food-grains or plates and cutlery. The nature of stealing remains, no matter where the man is. GP on social media is nothing but a petty thief stealing and posting content from Tweets and blogs of others as his own on Twitter and FB without any credit to the source. Here is his latest theft on the Kerala floods issue:

Not only has GP stolen and copy-pasted tweets, he has stolen content from the whole thread of the interaction. There are many such “Copy-paste artists” on SM but we usually ignore these things as silliness. But GP is not a one-time thief of content. He has copy-pasted more than 1000 tweets as his own and I have many of the screenshots with me on record. But this one sample will do for the story and you will find many on Twitter tweeting about his regular theft of content. But what’s the difference between mere copy-pasting and the work of a conman? Well, the conman will preach grand sermons on copying others’ tweets being a bad habit:

Still, I would consider copy-pasting tweets or content from blogs and posting on his FB site as smaller crimes that can often be ignored. Such thefts get instantly exposed on Twitter or FB itself. The reason for producing a sample here is to understand being a conman is now second-nature to GP and he nonchalantly brags and brazenly defends all his false claims of being “knowledgeable” about many issues. In one particular tweet he asks whether he should be called “James Bond” given all his spying nonsense. These are not petty acts. These are acts and claims of a schizophrenic and delusional con artist who imagines people have still not cottoned on to his silly games and swindles.

Name-dropping – The Conman’s trick

I was working with NASA and honoured with a certificate by Bill Clinton in 1996. Amitabh Bachchan once told me how much he loved my work when I met him at a Filmfare party in 1992. This is called name-dropping and if I were to blabber such nonsense to con people, I would carefully pick some idiotic, gullible people and then swindle them. Sensible people would immediately call my bluff. So, the conman picks and chooses his victims by name-dropping. Name-dropping is the trait of a cheat who is out to fool people. He also creates a fairly sizeable population of “fans” and “followers” to enable such gullible people to believe in his crap. When conman GP realised his follower-count is too low compared to many others, he did what many Congis did to boost their follower count – he either somehow got or purchased FAKE followers on Twitter to boost his count:

Inferiority complex grows in a conman when others he constantly abuses and envies have far higher follower-counts than he does. That’s how conman GP started boosting his follower-count around mid-2017. Recently, after the death of AB Vajpayee, GP claimed he had personally received a hand-written note from the great man. That is fine, he also claimed he had met 3 former PMs on their invitation. They probably want to seek his expertise on how to run the country. Of course, his gullible followers go gaga at such stupid claims. Needless to mention, GP once made tea and served ABV when the late PM visited him:

ABV is nothing. Conman GP got into the digital world because he met the Finnish telecom innovator Matti Makkonen (God knows where he met him… in Finland or the Republic of Iguana):

Makkonen was certainly far more modest and humble in also crediting others who worked on the SMS system. Conman GP probably doesn’t know, because of natural conditions and weather in Finland, their maximum effort and innovation went into mobile phones as underground or overhead cables were troublesome. But like I said before, the petty conman makes a lot of “clerical mistakes”. In the above image he pays tributes to Makkonen and how because of a meeting with him Makkonen recognised his genius and that’s why GP got into digital domain. That FB post was probably in June 2015 when Makkonen died. But lo and behold, a year later, the SMS inventor became “Dr. Mecky”:

As far as I know, there is no Dr. Mecky involved with SMS or mobiles (or any other domain?). And no one has ever referred to Makkonen by any silly name such as “Mecky”. Laughable fraud! He really doesn’t remember the name “Makkonen” and blabbers “Mecky”. Why? Because GP has never met Makkonen and none of his gullible victims would bother about all this. This guy farts through his mouth and through his writing and doesn’t even remember proper names of the people he claims to have met.

Imagine this, you meet people like AB Vajpayee or that Makkonen and you don’t publish any pictures with them to back your claims. Very simply put, the conman does not have any and will have to photoshop some pics for the gullible. Name-dropping of famous people is among the cleverest tricks the conman plays on his flock. His offices and addresses in South Africa as he claimed also turned out to be bogus:

In yet another attempt to associate with a famous name, conman GP who once praised that “encounter specialist” (Commonly called “Ab tak Chappan”) eloquently, went to meet him. He probably got thrown out and instantly screamed he had lost respect for that officer:

This is just the first part on the story of conman Gaurav Pradhan. In the upcoming parts of this series we will get much deeper into his acts relating to finances (including his other business called @MySwades), his fake PhD, his legal cases, the FIRs and court cases against him. His money-collection methods are amazing to say the least. I am writing this conman’s story in parts as a single blog would be long enough to become a whole book.

Note: Images in this post are cropped and condensed to save space. However, no content or original text has been altered in anyway. Some images may not be clear but are only for demonstrative purposes even if not fully legible.


  1. When will BJP start reading your posts and take them seriously.
    BJP since A B Vajpayee ji's days is failing to pin down anti-national parties and their farce perception game.
    Atalji's shadow and mannerisms has to be overdone by Modi ji and Amit ji, till now it is not yet seen.
    Now we are on the verge of election.
    Mr U-turner Modi ji failed us on Hindutva and perception miserably.
    Jai Hind
    Vande Mataram

    1. It is easy to be on the offensive (and play foul without being caught), it is not easy to be defensive, and you cannot afford to foul.

  2. This conman initially claimed to be an NRI residing outside India, when exposed accepted being resident of Gaziabad, any man with little common sense can get his fakery in a week or so... but he is good in trapping new comers on tweeter and this way causing damage to the value of this platform.

  3. But what is the whole point of this elaborate charade? Why would one go to such lengths to create a false personal? I fail to understand!

    1. The first answer is MONEY, MONEY, MONEY... That is what a conman seeks. Second thing is "influence" in powerful circles to get protected when caught.

  4. Conmen are dozens a dime in the ecosystem we live in, and it is the dexterity of people like Ravinar to expose them and act as a deterrent

  5. All your articles were serious except this one. Why are you so much worried and chasing a silly fraud out of millions of such frauds? You are only giving him unwanted publicity. Complete waste of time and effort.

    1. @Santosh

      When someone cons you, defrauds you, abuses you and your family... come running here... Maybe stupid morons like you think blogs are written only for YOUR personal entertainment and WHAT you think is important. Moron, go write what you think is important for you instead of deciding on behalf of others.

    2. @Santosh

      BTW Santosh Sootiya, if you had any brains, you would have deciphered what is written in coded expressions in the first 3 paras of the article. But idiots like you who claim to be patriots and BJP supports really don't have that much brains to read between the lines.

  6. Oh my god.....i follow this man on twitter...blocking him now
    Thanks a lot Sir..

  7. Delusions of grandeur, is what Gaurav Pradhan suffers from .he needs psychiatric treatment.

  8. Reminded me of a book I read a long time ago, titled, "Catch Me If You Can". I believe there is also a movie based on that book. The Con artist was so good that he flew many times in the cock pits of planes as co-pilot.

  9. I do follow GP on twitter. I am eagerly awaiting your part 2 and the rest. I am a fan of your blog but of late I feel that many of the Congis have started commenting on your blogs with anti-modi comments, even in a blog about GP I find many modi bashing comments.
    People who keep blaming modi for not doing enough for Hindus need to understand that Modi is no Kim Jong-un to go around doing anything he wants.
    Hindus who feel that Modi should have done everything in their support should first ask themselves as to what have they done for the vause of Hindus in their limited sphere of influence.
    A live Cow was slaughtered in the middle of a busy street in Kerala and people enjoyed a Beef fest, did any of the right thinking Hindu even think of taking to the street in protest?
    Mounmohan Singh goes on the dias and decrees that the first right to the country's resources belong to the muslim minorities, I didnt find a nationwide protest from Hindus against it!
    Rahul and his mom went around the world convincing people of Hindu terror, I didn't see any Hindus rising in protest.
    So many Christian god men had been exposed, how many Hindus have voiced their protests in open.
    Congress leaders including the first family and Kapil sibal openly went around trashing the idea of the existence of Ram in Ayodhya and ram sethu bridge, I didnt see any uproar.
    Recently in Tamilnadu, a famous movie lyricist misquoted some study and claimed a lady saint was a prostitute...only some brahmins protested but the poet didnt even bother to apologize.

    Imagine if any of this had happened to the Muslims or Christians, how would they have reacted. No body dares to speak against them because they are united.
    On the other hand we Hindus would expect Modi to be at the front and defend us but when he gets hit badly we won't bother to stand by him to say we will fight for you for our cause.

    Before asking what he did for the Hindus, please introspect and what have we done for our brethren.
    Honestly Hindus are not even worth fighting for and no wonder we were ruled by foreigners for 1000 years now (till 2014).

    Remember this if we throw Modi out and want to believe that some one else, even from BJP is going to fight for us. .... even god cannot save us.

  10. Missing you on twitter. Please come back.

  11. I am a techie with a view that a non-Gandhi government performed better for India (namely: PVNR, ABV) and believe that biggest problem India faces today if a good (ethical) opposition in politics. I am not on twitter, but I do look up for your account, Anand Ranganathan's account and Jaggi's account for respective views. Same for articles.

    Times are tough and even the brightest of people can be misled. I work for a new-kid-on-the-block news-portal (as techie, not writer). The content leads (CCO, Sr. Editors/writers) are clearly anti-modi and anti-government in its views; right on the floor, loud!. They are quick to jump on anything that can be critical of BJP, RSS and Modi. Non partisan people who interact with people of high position such as the CCO end up believing the lies and half truths!

    An observation: Before LS-2014, Social Media was relatively clean than it is today. During the run-up it was TV-MSM/News that pushed anti-Modi agenda. Its presence on SM was far less effective. Things have changed since LS-2014. SM has become a bigger battle ground. (I quit Facebook 2 yrs ago since any one and every one would have sarcastic views on India, its PM and the people that want to support its new PM. Reason I quit FB was for the time that I put in it for stupid unworthy comment-&-rebuttals.) Sorry, I deviated a bit. SM that includes medium like Youtube has been effectively used to peddle half truths (eg: Dhruv Rathee on YouTube). You don't need to have an account to see a public video. Some well-know people such as former N18 Founder & Chairman, Raghav Bahl has a channel where he blabbers carefully crafted opinions. And, it is easy to circulate over any SM platform, especially Whatsapp!

    SM has become the Nehruvian-history books that some were trying to correct. Its is filling fast, really fast. While voices like you are being suppressed (found your new account suspended).

  12. I feel your blog is the best way to deal with Twitter suspension (suppression of your views). You have followers who can pick and RT your blog's snippets and links. And perhaps the time has come to expose SMCrooks too!

  13. Something seems fishy. GP claims he has background in IT and has listed many companies in his Linked in profile, yet those IT companies seem to lack Timetunnel consulting pty ltd, SARCC etc. For a famous person he claims to be all searches end up mostly on his blog twitter which are all recent ..Somebody need to research this guy. It seems like Namo following his twitter handle is his claim to veracity. Time tunnel seems like his own company but cant find much else. I do hope you expose him if he is a false person with facts and figures. Appreciate and applaud all your work till date. It takes lot of effort to come up with articles as good as yours.

  14. All points made in this post are good except (probably) South Africa office address. That location may be owned by "Regus" as they rent a desk for anyone to run an office.

  15. looking forward for more blogs and missing your twitter handle

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  17. Where have you disappeared, Sir? Everything fine at your end?

  18. Worthful Data Science tutorial. Appreciate a lot for taking up the pain to write such a quality content on Data Science course. Just now I watched this similar Data Science tutorial and I think this will enhance the knowledge of other visitors for sure. Thanks anyway.:-

  19. when are you writing 2nd part?

  20. Dear Sir ,
    Eagerly waiting for you next part in this series. When is it coming??Awesome articles

  21. Hi !
    Bang on article.. Waiting eagerly for the next part. Cant believe he lies so blatantly.
    1. Lists as CIO of Timetunnel consulting.
    Cant find the company website atall.
    2. Says awarded top 10 CIO by gartner..Google search of Gartner Top10 CIO SA - gaurav pradhan doesnt turn up anything other than his own profile claiming the same.
    3. List as 100 most social CIO here - but the link he gives leads to where i couldnt find his name and found only these.
    Feel scared that people can get influenced and thugged so easily when I see him. He is gaining more authenticity based on his lies. Such people need to be exposed if they are at fault which he appears to be in some mild research. I hope I am proven wrong coz so many honest people genuinely engage with this guy. Pls if anything is wrongg with this fellow you need to expose it soon. You have the capabilities to do so. Its been long. Pls give us the second part of the article.
    Thanks for all your efforts..

    1. Also he lists this
      His company shows registered in 2011 with him and his wife as directors and he gets award for being CIO of that company in 2010??
      His so called products eg- Timetunnel green view etc never show up in in google search. Does anyone know where he got his Doctorate from?? Any search related to him turns up only the info he has provided or based on what he has provided and his current activities..nothing about his past..

  22. I have been countering nearly every fake claim of this dumb ass on Twitter. He is just a good guesser and lucky to have equally dumb followers as his fans who never questions his claims.