Now, online cheats dupe gullible victims easily with RBI logo. And how!

Now, online cheats dupe gullible victims easily with RBI logo. And how!

Submitted by alvin on Mon, 2016-10-31 13:03 Bengaluru: All of us have at one time or the other received emails promising that we have won crores in online lottery. While most just neglect it, there are those who believe in the message and fall victim to such scams.A city resident, who fell victim to one such scam and lost nearly a lakh, has now approached the police, saying that the man who cheated him was still active and sending him mails to collect the amount.Two years ago, Ghouse Khan, a Jayanagar resident, received a mail saying he had won Rs3.6 crores lottery money through 'chevroletmotors4015@hotmail.com' - an online lottery.Tempted by the beautifully drafted message, Ghouse sent his personal details, following which he received another email, which stated that the said amount was pending with the RBI. The mail, sent by a man who identified himself as Oscar Mohammed, Secretary, British High Commission, said the amount would be released once Ghouse completed a few formalities such as paying processing insurance and transfer of fund charges, and others.Instead of crosschecking, Ghouse paid Rs 10,000 as processing fee. "I believed that I will get this amount and paid the amount at SBI bank. I deposited the money to the account of Aboto Chopi. A few days later, I ended up paying more than Rs 80,000 to different bank accounts. Later, I realised that I had been cheated and took police help, "said Ghouse.Meanwhile, Ghouse continued his conservation over email with the unknown person. Ghouse said he would host the person and pay other charges once the prized money is paid to him. Later, a person named Sultan met Ghouse near MG Road.As Ghouse had alerted the police, the person was arrested and an FIR registered against Sultan. The police are yet to file a charge sheet in this case.Return of the fraudsterTwo years later, Ghouse received a similar message from the same person who identified himself as Oscar Mohammed, but from a different number (8588921534), claiming that his winning amount was still pending with the RBI. But Ghouse ignored the message. On August 10, he received another email, this time from ‘zensa@gigared.com’ which he also ignored.Within a month, he received another email on September 25. Surprisingly, it had RBI letterhead claiming the winning amount was secured with the RBI. The message asked him to complete formalities to claim the amount.But having learnt his lesson, Ghouse approached the police this time.When contacted, an official from the RBI office said such cases were not new. "Advanced technology has been wrongly used by the fraudsters to download the logo and all the materials of RBI. They (fraudsters) will design the letter heads accordingly and send across such messages and letters to vulnerable people. The RBI complaint cell gets such cases very frequently,” said the official.The cyber wing of the city police said such fraudsters were mainly foreign nationals.