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Wednesday, September 21

Beware of Fraud !

I am pasting the mails I sent to IITK friends today. Please spread the word, as it appears that some other cases of receiving similar phone calls have also come into picture.

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Hi all,

This is really embarrassing but also important. There is this who called me up under the name Shyam Sunder, claiming to be a passout of 1996 batch. He said he has been working in Sydney Australia and has come down to India to interview with some company in Chennai. His wallet has been picked up and he needs some help to get back to Bombay.

I was a little suspicious in the beginning so I asked for some identity proof. His ICICI account showed the name Shyam Sunder. On google, I found out that there indeed was a alumni named Shyam Sunder in 1996 batch. The page which showed his name didn't open (it timed out). So I fell for the bait and transferred money to the account. He promised to contact me back on reaching Bombay.

After I had made the transfer, I just out of curiosity again tried to load that page and lo ! Shyam Sunder from 1997 batch (MSc. Chem) actually died in 2002 from blood cancer !!. Details are on the 1996 webpage since he joined the institute along with them. Then I searched for that ICICI account number and found this:

http://m.1asphost.com/alumniuce/message.asp

This guy has been doing this for sometime now I guess. If only I would have searched for the account number first !! But please spread the info. Since he will definitely try to contact others also.

Is there some public place where this information can be posted so that it turns up quickly on google? I will put it up on my blog. Please do so on your blogs also. I am also going to file a complaint with ICICI Bank about the misusage of this account but I don't think much can be done on that front.

This whole episode has been quite disheartening !

Regards,
abhaga

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Hi all,

This reminds me that I forgot to mention the account number in the last mail. It is 004701530996, Koramangala Branch, ICICI. Please make this information as visible as possible.

About the phone number, I guess he may have similarly pleaded somebody that he has lost everything and needs to make some urgent calls and used the phone since I got the call from a Chennai local number: 91-44-52163430.

I talked with ICICI customer care. They have asked me to lodge a written complaint and said that bank will "follow up the case" which amounts to nothing I guess but I will file the complaint nonetheless. Cyber Crime Branch people want me to come down to the branch between 10:00 and 5:00 on weekdays to "discuss" the matter with them. I will see if I can manage that.

Regards,
abhaga

8 comments:

Aayush Puri said...

I was simply astonished to hear this incident. People are stooping to such low levels for money -- trying to exploit the great relationship that IITK alumni share.
The other strikening thing is that the fraudster seems to have taken the bait (in this case Shyam Sunder) quite intelligently for which even a computer literate fell.

Anand Vivek Srivastava said...

Sad.

Ashutosh Madeshiya said...

paise transfer hi kyon kiye?

Biswa Ranjan said...

abhaya,
did u logde a complain with the cyber-crime?
it seems many did fall into the trap of this guy.
can anything be done to nab this guy?

Aqua said...

Dear Abhaya, I also happened to be a victim of the guy Shyam Sunder... can I get ur mail id or phnone no.

Aqua said...

have some info to share

Rajesh said...

I saw a similar case here: http://www.alumniuce.com/messages/msg30.html
Please be aware of such frauds!

Maninder said...

Another case, by the same person: http://www.wpaa.org/cgi-bin/anCMSnew/news.cgi?action=showItem&iId=131&sText=&sType=
Cant we nab this cheat?
Looks like an Engineering guy... who might not be having job... neither is he searching seriously... nor does he interested... since he is already getting easy money!