A professor teaching at the renowned Indian Institute of technology Bombay (IIT-B) in Powai has been duped of a whopping ₹ 2 lakh in a harrowing case of online fraud. The professor played into the fraudsters’ scheme by transferring the money by the way of sending cash vouchers in order to treat his colleague and relative who had contracted the Coronavirus.
The IIT-B professor lodged a complaint with the Powai police station on Saturday informing police officials that the fraudsters had sent him an email from his colleagues’ official email ID claiming that he (his colleague) had been tested positive for novel coronavirus and that he was admitted in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). The email sent dubiously under his colleague’s name requested for an urgent transfer of funds. The email went on to explain that he could not call while under intensive care and therefore sent an email.
The professor claimed that he had no reason to question the veracity of the email, as he frequently electronically communicated through the compromised email ID. The police complaint states that the victim of the fraud had immediately sent the details of the online vouchers, worth two lakhs to another email ID sent in the correspondence. “The professor received yet another request for ₹ 50,000, rousing suspicion,” said an official from Powai police station.
Upon suspicion, the professor called his colleague who was baffled when he heard about the developments and assured that neither him nor any of his relatives contracted the coronavirus. Realising that he been duped, the professor filed a complaint with the Powai police station the next day. The investigation is currently ongoing.