Mumbai Watch out should you obtain an odd message out of your colleague or boss, asking you to purchase Amazon reward playing cards for them, as a result of it’d simply be a rip-off.
Just lately, the employees of Shreemati Nathibai Damodar Thackersey (SNDT) girls’s college, obtained a message from their vice-chancellor’s quantity, asking for a favor within the type of an Amazon reward card. The message learn, “Heiio how are you the place are you for the time being im UJWALA CHAKRADEO. There may be One thing i would like you to please Do For urgaently as iam presently attending a really crucail assembly with restricted telephone calls. Are you Aware of the amazon pay reward card.”
Barring the obtrusive typos, the fraudsters even included her image and College brand to make the message look extra genuine. The Azad Maidan police mentioned that Ujjawala Chakradev, who joined SNDT College because the VC 10 months in the past, filed a grievance on June 16.
“She had gone to Panvel for some official work on June 16. Her private assistant known as her and knowledgeable her that she had obtained a message from her quantity, claiming that she (Chakradev) was in the course of an essential assembly and requested the non-public assistant to purchase an Amazon Reward card for her,” mentioned a police officer.
The fraudsters despatched comparable messages to many individuals identified to the complainant. After being alerted by her PA, Chakradev posted a message in her College’s WhatsApp group informing all members concerning the hack. Nonetheless, it’s not clear whether or not anybody misplaced any cash.
Earlier this month, the principal chief commissioner of Earnings Tax was additionally focused in an analogous method. Final month, the principal commissioner of revenue tax (IT), Amitabh Shukla, additionally turned a goal of cyber fraudsters, who hacked into his WhatsApp account and demanded cash from a number of of his associates. Two of his associates even transferred 50,000 every to the fraudster.