Haryana: Hackers send fake e-mails, rob firm of Rs 1 crore2 min read

BY: HONEY MATHEW

ISGEC Heavy Engineering, an industrial unit in Haryana was robbed of Rs 1.05 crore by fraud after its communication with suppliers of raw materials based in France and Germany was hacked by few unidentified people. The police have registered a London based bank and the unknown fraudsters under the Indian Penal Code (IPC) of two separate charges of cheating and criminal breach of trust. Upon the complaint made by Anil Sunder, the vice president of the company, the charges have also been covered under the Information Technology (IT) Act.

In his complaint, he mentioned that ISGEC was a heavy engineering goods manufacturing company who had recently ordered the purchase of naval brass plates from a German company. The hackers had been monitoring their mails and hacked their account. The fraudsters sent fake emails to the company which their purchase officer thought as genuine emails and thereby placed an order. The company using an Indian Bank transferred the amount to bank account of the fraudsters on 20th November 2020. In a second case, they had been dealing with a company in France whose emails were being monitored by the hackers. Their account was hacked into by the fraudsters and sent ISGEC their bank details to which the payment was made on 10th October 2020.

The complainant required action to be taken against a London based bank, who had allegedly without verifying facts had opened fake accounts at the behest of the fraudsters, had received the payment into their fake accounts. The Yamunagar police station house office (SHO) and state inspector (SI) Satpal Singh stated that the complaint has been registered against the London based bank and the unknown fraudsters who had robbed the firm of Rs.1.05 crore by fraud and have begun investigation into the matters.

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