Delhi: Hacker Disguised As Retired Army Personnel, Robs Online Buyer Of Rs 2.5 Lac
The Logical Indian Crew Delhi
April 18th, 2019 / 6:09 PM
Image Credit: Economic Times
In the world of the Internet where a person can buy something as massive as a home to something as tiny as a toy, online hackers have been persistently troubling the internet users worldwide. While some hackers such as Edward Snowden has actually helped people across the world to know about government’s menace, several other have quite sadly not followed his footsteps and resorted to seeping out money from online users illegally.
What had happened?
In March, a Delhi business became a victim of such menace at a cost of Rs 2.5 lakh, reported The Times Of India. The businessman was looking for a furniture for his office on e-commerce website, when his eyes caught on a lucrative deal. Failing to give up such an enticing deal, he contacted the dealer. The dealer disguised himself as a retired Army personnel “agreed” to sell the product at a cheaper rate compared to other sellers. The seller however, insisted to make the payment at the earliest.
A police officer probing the case said, “ During their conversation, the suspect sent the businessman a text message to confirm his account details. However, along with the text was an encrypted link that contained malware”. The incident occurred in March.
The moment he clicked the link, the frauder sitting miles away from the victim gained remote access to his phone. After receiving the access, he used it to facilitate online bank transaction. In order to lose a trail of money, the hacker channeled the money to e-wallets registered on fake sim cards. It is predicted that the hacker even accessed the victims photos and other private messages.
As of now a case of fraud has been registered under the IT Act. The cops are relentlessly trying to track the money. Cops have further mentioned that a series of similar kind of incidents have come to them where the common thread was that the hackers disguise themselves as an army personnel. “The profiles were created either using stolen IDs or fake ones. There are same 10-15 photographs being circulated and used by these hackers to target people,” a cyber-crime unit officer said.
The Logical Indian asks the readers to not click on any links provided by any strangers or websites. Your account details should only be known by you. One shouldn’t share details of bank account to a stranger. When come across a deal which is too good to be true, check its authenticity before clicking the “buy now” tab. Think Wise, Smart Buy!
Written by : Debarghya Sil
Edited by : Sromona Bhattacharyya