A south-Mumbai based businessman lost Rs7 lakh within a few hours after his employee replied to an email sent by cyber fraudsters. The employee had received an email from the 'bank' asking for the login details. Hours after she provided the details unsuspectingly, the money was transferred from the businessman's account to two other accounts. The matter is being investigated by the VP Road police.
According to senior police inspector Suresh Kilje, the incident took place on March 1. "Complainant Dinesh Bhandari, 54, an Andheri resident who has his office at CP Tank in the VP Road area, had received an alert message from the bank informing him about transfer of money from his account," said Kilje.
Bhandari immediately got in touch with the bank and requested them to block his account. On making inquiries, he learnt that Rs7 lakh was transferred to two other accounts. "Bhandari, who deals in metals, lodged a complaint in this regard with the police on March 6," said Kilje.
The police, during their investigation, learnt that this is a case of phishing — a cyber fraud. "One of Bhandari's employees, Vidya Gaikwad, had received an email from the bank on March 1. The bank had asked for the login details and password of the account holder, which she gave unsuspectingly. The moment she opened the attachment and provided the details, the fraudsters would have made their next move and siphoned off the money," said assistant police inspector Suresh Mhaske.
The police have registered a case under sections 419 (impersonation), 420 (cheating), 465 (forgery), 467 (forgery of valuable security), 468 (forgery for purpose of cheating), 470 (forged document or electronic record), 471 (using as genuine a forged document) of the Indian Penal Code against unknown persons.
"We are getting more details about the two accounts in which the money was transferred," said Mhaske.