18 duped via phishing

18 duped via phishing, conmen from Rajasthan, West Bengal

In a fresh spate of cyber attack incidents being reported in the city, conmen from Rajasthan and West Bengal have been found targeting people via phishing – sending emails to steal bank account data.

LUCKNOW: In a fresh spate of cyber attack incidents being reported in the city, conmenfrom Rajasthan and West Bengal have been found targeting people via phishing – sending emails to steal bank account data.

In earlier cases of duping, conmen used to call targets posing as bank officials and asked for debit and credit card details on phone and then siphoned off money.

In fresh incidents, conmen are posing as insurance agents and only asking for e-mail IDs on phone. Then they send mails offering lucrative deals, the links for which redirect user to a webpage which asks to enter PAN, Aadhaar, details of bank accounts. The details are then use to siphon off money from bank accounts.

“Once you start a deal, you’re offered huge discounts and then asked to enter details of bank accounts to take the deal ahead and are finally duped,” said cyber cell in charge Abhay Mishra.

In last two months, 18 complaints of conmen using phishing to dupe victims have been received. Two such incidents were reported on Monday.

“The initial probe revealed that in 10 cases, conmen operated from West Bengal, while in six the tricksters were from Rajasthan. We are in touch with cyber sleuths of Rajasthan and Bengal police,” said Mishra.

First such complaint was reported on July 29 when Anand Sirothia, a businessman from Mahanagar, was duped via phishing.

Sirothia stated in his complaint that he got offer for a lucrative business deal of selling imported furniture online and getting 50% commission per item.

He followed the instructions on email and was asked to deposit Rs 10,000 as security on company website and the money got deducted from his account. But he was bewildered when he got a message of some item purchase.

Sirothia tried calling the number but no one responded. He then informed the cyber cell.


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