Politician Exposes Phishing Scam

The Working President of the State Unit of Janata Dal (Secular), P.G.R. Sindhia, has lately unveiled a phishing e-mail scam, as reported by Deccan Chronicle on May 10, 2011.

The Minister (Sindhia) got an e-mail stating that, he had won 450,000 British pounds. Although the minister did not fall victim to the scam phishing e-mail, he responded to the sender to get to know the reality and to abolish such kind of e-mails. When the minister was asked to pay some amount of money for certain specific processes for redeeming the prize money, the former minister suspected something strange.

When the minister responded that he was willing to pay the amount of money in person, the crook stopped responding further.

Consequent to this, the minister wrote a letter to the City Police Commissioner asking him to alert general masses that, they should not be victimized by such kind of e-mails.

After receiving the letter, the City Police Commissioner immediately asked his subordinates to look into the matter and arrest the crook.

A Senior Police Officer investigating the matter stated that, this is a general trick utilized by the cybercriminals to attract and then scam the general public, as reported by Deccan Chronicle on May 10, 2011.

Police Officials elucidate phishing e-mail scams like the above mentioned ones as a type of 419 scams or the advance fee fraud (AFF) scams.

Cybercriminals, as per the police officials, have a simple technique that includes, dispatching an e-mail to innocent people, notifying them that they have won a lottery prize money millions of dollars and asking them to revert back to claim the prize money. Once the victim replies, he/she is persuaded immediately. Further, the dispatcher asks the victim to pay a huge amount of money as "processing fees" in the bank account specified by them (cybercriminals). However, if the e-mail dispatcher is asked to fix a personal meeting he disappears, similar to Sindhia's case. And generally there is no idea about the cybercrook's location.

Officials are alerting innocent people against these scams and are asking them not to reply to such kind of phishing e-mails. They are advising people not to fell prey against such traps.

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