Online fraud: South Bombay’s Cumballa Hill hospital duped of Rs 19.17 lakh
Cumballa Hill hospital in south Mumbai lost Rs19.17 lakh last year to an email from a fake account created in the owner’s name.mumbai Updated: Jul 12, 2016 07:53 IST
Cumballa Hill hospital in south Mumbai lost Rs19.17 lakh last year to an email from a fake account created in the owner’s name.
According to t he police, on May 19, 2015, the accounts manager of the company, Sunita Nair, received an email from the fake account created in the owner’s —Vijay Shetty’s —name, asking her to deposit the money in four accounts.
“As Shetty was out of the country, Nair assumed the owner was communicating through emails. She got her assistant, Rajesh Shinde, to deposit cheques of Rs 3.15 lakh, Rs3.42 lakh, Rs3.60 lakh and Rs9 lakh deposited to those accounts on May 19, 21, 22 and June 1,” said an officer from Gamdevi police station, requesting anonymity.
After Shetty came back to the city, Nair asked him about the transactions, after which they learned they had been cheated. “The fraudsters didn’t hack into the owner’s account, instead they created another account by adding an extra alphabet, which went unnoticed,” said the officer.
Shinde handed over an application to the police in August last year. The police have registered a case under sections 420 (cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property) of the Indian Penal Code, along with sections 66 (c) and (d) under Information Technology Act.
Three Easy Steps to Prevent Man-in-middle attack suggested by Cyber Police
1) Prior to making any financial transaction, make a mandatory phone call to the person and cross check the details of the bank account where money is to be sent. Most of the business transactions with foreign companies take place on emails without the companies meeting in person. It is suggested the company representatives meet in person to talk at length about the deals and keep in touch throughout to avoid such online frauds.
2) As a preventive measure apprise your employees about how man-in-middle attacks have taken place and other cyber offences that take place in companies like data theft and hacking of emails to seek revenge.
3) Beware of viruses and spam e-mails sent on your email ids. Clicking on them may result in stealing of data.