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Woman's email ID hacked, duped of Rs. 12 lakh

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Chandigarh, December 07, 2012
First Published: 21:56 IST(7/12/2012) | Last Updated: 22:00 IST(7/12/2012)

A woman resident of Sector 38 here has been duped of Rs. 12 lakh by unidentified conman who hacked her email account and directed her to deposit money in particular bank accounts against orders placed with Chinese firms.

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Sector 39 police have since registered a case of cheating and criminal conspiracy and Sections 66-C and D of Information Technology Act.

Police said victim Manu Batta dealt in dental manufacturing unit and used to communicate with a firm in China for certain spares through email. Batta used to deposit money in an account specified by the dealing persons in China.

In her police complaint, she said that her email account was hacked about four months back and mails were exchanged with Chinese firm without her knowledge.

She claimed that she received mail from China firm that gave a new account number where money was to be deposited for goods consignment arriving from the communist country.

Manu told media persons that she deposited at least Rs. 12 lakh in two accounts of ICICI and Axis Bank in five installments, which were given to her through email. Manu claimed that though she later tried to get details of account holder(s), the banks failed to provide her the required information. 

She claimed that she suspected something was amiss after the person she was in contact through the email began demanding too much money for the release of consignment.
 
A person also began calling her from a local cell phone number and identified himself as an accountant of the Chinese firm. As soon as Manu came to know that her mail ID had been hacked, the conman switched off his phone.

Manu came to know on August 4 that her mail ID had been hacked, after which she submitted a complaint through the public window to police on August 6.

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