According to the police, the complainant in the case has been working as the director of finance with the Worli-based NGO since March 2013.
Making a major breakthrough in the on-going corporate email spoofing frauds, the cyber crime police of the city crime branch has arrested three persons. The gang had sent a spoofed email of an NGO trustee, who is also a well-known Bollywood film producer, to the NGO’s director of finance and had induced him to deposit Rs34 lakh. The police also seized 157 debit cards, 10 mobiles and other documents from the gang’s possession.
Those arrested were identified as Kandivli residents Jigar Mahesh Shah alias Ajay Jain alias Kamlesh Vora (36), Ketan Kanojia alias Avinash Mishra alias Sandeep Singh (38) and Nalasopara resident Vishal Jaiswal alias Akhilesh Mishra (29).
According to the police, the complainant in the case has been working as the director of finance with the Worli-based NGO since March 2013. The NGO has adopted a few villages in Raigad and is looking after water, education and health-related issues there.
On July 5, 2016, the complainant received a spoofed email on his corporate ID from the trustee’s email ID. The sender asked if the complainant was in office and how much money was there in the bank. The complainant replied stating that there were Rs19 lakh in the bank, police said.
Same day, the complainant got another email stating that a payment of Rs20.20 lakh needed to be done urgently and whether it was possible to make the payment. The email also contained a bank account number. The complainant followed the orders and replied via email that the payment has been done.
“Later, the complainant received another email stating that Rs14.16 lakh needed to be paid again, and bank account details were given. This payment was processed as well. On July 11, the complainant received yet another email, which asked how much was left in the bank. This time, however, the trustee was present in the office itself. So the complainant checked with him about the emails and realised that he had not been sending any emails.
The organisation then approached the police,” said a cyber crime police officer.
He added that the details of the beneficiary accounts were scrutinised and they belonged to Akhilesh and Avinash. “On receipt of specific information, the trio was nabbed from a mall in Andheri (W) on Monday. We seized 156 debit cards, rubber stamps, cheque book, pass book, documents and 10 mobile phones from them and are investigating how many corporates they have duped by similar modus-operandi,” said the officer.