Online frauds: Beware of emails offering money
Sources : Times New Network
Date of Publishing: 5/7/2010
New Delhi: Recently, a woman in a small town of Tamil Nadu recieved an email from an agency based in UK, congratulating her for an award of around 200,000 pound (Rs 1.5 crore).
But for availing this awarded sum, she was supposed to deposit around Rs 10,000 as fees. Interestingly, she also received letters and documents, which corroborated that the agency was part of the UK government and the amount she had been asked for was mandated by the RBI. The entire episode looked so fool-proof that the lady decided to pay the amount.
A few days later, she again received a letter asking for around Rs 50,000, a sum claimed to be required for paying tax to government of India. Again, the demand was backed by a document, which gave an impression that some legal authority has asked for it.
The entire thing was so enticing that the woman decided to pay again. But, the buck did not stop here. After this, she was asked for a bigger sum as conversion charge. Now, she was trapped.
In order to recover her earlier payments, she paid the amount once again, only to receive another correspondence with a same kind of demand. Now, she had had enough and decided to reach out to roots of the matter. But to her utter dismay, when she contacted RBI, she was told that entire thing was fictitious and she was duped by some trickster. She is not alone, instead, she is one of innumerous victims.
In order to educate such gullible people, RBI, on its part, “has decided to run a campaign against these kinds of fictitious offers, which come in the form of lottery and other cheap funds,” central bank's executive director H R Khan said.
RBI's ad campaign advises people not to remit or deposit money towards such fictitious offers. It also asks people to inform local police about such offers immediately, so that culprits can be booked at the earliest. Khan said, prima facie, it seems that these mails originate from abroad, but investigations have revealed that these mails have originated from within the country.
"In fact, in many cases, it has been found that the account numbers given by these tricksters to deposit the money also belong to some gullible persons who allowed to use their accounts for some minuscule sum. When the authorities approached them, they expressed complete ignorance about these tricksters. As their roles are proven, they are booked," he added.
Checking It In order to educate such gullible people, Reserve Bank, on its part, "has decided to run a campaign against these kinds of fictitious offers, which come in the form of lottery and other cheap funds,” central bank’s executive director H R Khan said
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