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E-mail Phishers Dupe Jeweler off INR 7.5 Lakhs

Cyber-criminals recently, through an advanced phishing assault tricked Lokesh Chaudhary, who owns a jewelry business in Jaipur, and phished almost Rupees 7.5 lakhs off him, published The Times of India dated October 21, 2013.

Actually, according to the Cyber Police Station's Deputy SP, on 14th October, 2013, an e-mail came to Lokesh apparently from his bank as the sender's id appeared to be a formal address of the financial institution. Pretending to be the bank's admin officer, the e-mail sender told Lokesh for giving his account particulars citing security reasons. The e-mail directed him to complete a given form by providing his payment card details. The form was an HTML attachment, so reported The Times of India dated 21st October 2013.

Believing the e-mail was really his bank's message, Lokesh completed the form with personal card number, PIN number along with more associated information that eventually the cyber-criminals seized.

Some days later, on 19th October, 2013, Lokesh got a few SMSs that stated that the debit card he used had shown a full 12 transactions on it.

Since then Lokesh, turned a phishing victim, registered an FIR, while an investigation was started, Police disclosed.

Nevertheless, for remaining safe from the above kinds of phishing e-mails, Police outline certain easy security suggestions: 1st, people should never forget that such e-mails invariably direct to provide sensitive information (card numbers, PIN etc.), which a genuine entity, similar as the banking institution mentioned within the aforesaid instance will hold from the beginning. Therefore, such e-mails shouldn't ever be answered.

2ndly, no hyperlink else attachment inside e-mails should be clicked. They should only be viewed if the e-mail recipient is expecting them as well as knows its content beforehand, despite the sender being familiar to him.

3rdly, anyone feeling suspicious that he has been victimized with a phishing campaign should immediately alter his Internet account password. Then any fraudulent transaction potentially conducted from his financial A/C can be prevented. Within the aforementioned instance, had Lokesh perceived the trick against him in time, he could have halted the twelve fake monetary transactions conducted from his bank account.

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