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Bangalore Engineer Lost Rs.1.54 Lakh to Phishing E-mail

According to the news published in Expressbuzz on July 10, 2009, the Cyber Crime Police of Bangalore (India) have recently got complain that a phishing attack has victimized a senior engineer who works for an organization under the state government.

Executive Engineer 'A R Seetarama' employed at GESCOM (Gulbarga Electricity Supply Company) lost money from his bank account at ICICI after receiving a fraudulent (phishing) e-mail apparently came from the bank that asked for his password and e-mail address for account updating operations.

Mr. Seetarama, who replied to the message, soon found himself in trouble when he learnt that Rs.1.54 Lakh had been transferred from his account to someone else's account.

Seetarama formally complained to the Cyber Crime Police Station of CID (Criminal Investigation Department) that is currently probing into the incident.

In the meantime, the new phishing scam emerges just few days after senior scientist Dr. A V Elangovan working at the National Institute of Animal Nutrition and Physiology in Adugodi lost Rs.59,000 in a phishing attack.

The Cyber Crime Police of India says that there is a rapid increase in phishing campaigns in India. Therefore, the Cyber Crime Police Department along with banks have appealed to users of Internet banking services to be very cautious while handling electronic messages associated with banks.

Banks state that the general public should know that a bank will never request a customer to provide his banking information such as username or password over e-mails. Therefore, online banking users such as Seetarama should confirm with their bank if they get fake e-mails that appear doubtful.

Customers should forward spurious, phishing e-mails like the ICICI phishing e-mail to bank officials so that the institution may conduct necessary investigation to capture the perpetrator, Police dealing with Cyber Crime recommend.

Finally, to prevent online phishing operations and to minimize chances of becoming victims of cyber criminals such as phishers, Cyber Crime Police and banks suggest users to increase their awareness of phishing scams, and associated frauds.

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