UTI Phishing Mails Scam Busted

by CXOtoday Staff    Dec 19, 2006

In a major breakthrough in the UTI phishing mail scam, the economic offences wing of Delhi police have arrested two persons, suspected of robbing lakhs of rupees from unsuspecting customers.

The duo has been identified as Sanjit Chowdhary and Watson. Both have been charged with cheating, criminal conspiracy and hacking and remanded to judicial custody.

According to ACP S.D. Mishra, Chowdhary started responding to spam mails in November 2006. Paully Davidson from Nigeria partnered Chowdhary for the act and asked him to write spam mails to unsuspecting account holders in UTI Bank. Few customers responded to these spam mails, thus giving Chowdhary access to their login and passwords.

Chowdhary transferred the money into his own account in the same bank and another account in ICICI bank. He had accumulated Rs 20 lakh into his account by fraudulent means.

The fraud came to light after UTI account holder from Kolkata, Laxmi Sarkar discovered a disputed entry in her account. Police later registered 20 more complaints related to phishing mails in Delhi. Further, ten complaints were from Vishakhapatnam, Ahmedabad, Nashik and Thane.

Watson was the financer with the fictitious people and also holds an account with UTI. He used a mobile phone and email for correspondence.

Police believes that the names revealed by Sanjit and Watson could be ficitious, and may be used as a cover up. They however, maintained that the Interpol would be intimated.

In another incident, over Rs 1.4 lakh were credited from the accounts of three victims based in Ongul, Kottayam and Chennai into the account of Ifeoma Iwuji, an account holder with UTI Bank.