Man loses Rs 1 lakh to phishing attack

Nov 29, 2011, 09:57 IST | A Correspondent

A 40-year-old person  lodged a complaint at the Sahakarnagar police station after he noticed that Rs 1 lakh from his bank account was transferred to an unknown account through online transaction. The police have registered a case of cheating against one Sahil Kureshi for fraudulently transferring money from complainant Rajesh Shyamkant Patankar's ICICI account.

Assistant Police Inspector S V Jagtap, investigation officer, said the incident took place in July last year but the offence was registered only on Sunday as the necessary documents were sent by the bank only recently.
"The complainant received an email asking him to share his account details.

Thinking it was an official correspondence from the bank, the complainant shared his personal information. After this, he received a call from a person who claimed to be a bank employee and requested him to share specific information. Within minutes Rs 1 lakh from his account was deducted."

API Jagtap said the account where the money was deposited through online transaction had been traced to Nalasopara in Mumbai. 

Sagar Rahurkar, Techno Legal Expert, said: "These frauds are termed as phishing email frauds. The account holder gets an email which looks like it has come from a genuine source but actually it is a fake email. As a person follows the instructions, the fraudster receives necessary information to perform an online transaction."

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