Prompt CCC action saves private company from Rs 2.9 crore scam

ST CORRESPONDENT
Wednesday, 13 June 2018

According to Deputy Commissioner of Police (Cyber Crime) Sudhir Hiremath, they received a complaint from officials of a private company of being cheated to the tune of Rs 2.9 crore.

PUNE: Prompt action on the part of the Cyber Crime Cell (CCC) of the city police Crime Branch helped in saving Rs 2.9 crore of a private company, which was recently the victim of email hacking.

According to Deputy Commissioner of Police (Cyber Crime) Sudhir Hiremath, they received a complaint from officials of a private company of being cheated to the tune of Rs 2.9 crore.

“The company deals in repair work of headlights of vehicles. For getting raw materials, they were in contact with a China-based company, which had asked for an advance sum for sending the raw material consignments. The communication was done through e-mail and the victim transferred the amount on bank details mentioned in the e-mail. Later, when the victim contacted the China-based company for confirming the receipt of transaction, he came to know about being scammed. He then approached the CCC,” added Hiremath.

The police said that the victim approached them right on time, which helped CCC freeze the transactions and save the victim. Police Inspector Jayram Paygude said that such attacks are called ‘Man in the middle attack’. “The accused had changed the bank account numbers in the e-mail so that the money is routed to another bank. We contacted the bank authorities in China and were able to track the money,” Paygude further added.

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