Maharashtrian Software Engineer got Duped with ₹2 Lakh in an Online Fraud Payment Case.
Recently Cyber Fraud cases have risen to the utmost, and nobody knows what the ways attackers are trying to manipulate the victim by clicking their scheming links are. This kind of trick is usually attempted not to get tracked after tricking someone into getting in contact with a malicious and intentional fraud event.
India is actively working on advancing their cyber security measures day by day. However, the adversaries are getting smarter n smarter while keeping a continuous pace at accessing the systems of the victims without any hitch.
The latest case has come upfront, and it’s about a software engineer making a payment online and getting dragged into a malicious event specially mastered by the attacker. He was duped for around ₹ 2 Lakh+ amount of money while booking a cab from a well-known website.
But how could it happen with a reputed website that should be responsible for its customer’s safety? There’s a lot you need to know about this incident. Let’s move on to the further moment, where the attacker reaches the victim with a wicked technique and drives him to the trap within a few smart moves.
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This is about a Maharashtrian living in Maharashtra and working as a software engineer. He was trying to book a cab from a well-known website for going to “Nashik.” After adding all of the required information on the travel agency’s website, he clicked on payment. Due to a technical error, the transaction failed on the website.
Police, Times of India
“The complainant had furnished his details to the agency in an email on the website of the travel agency but failed to book the cab due to a technical glitch.”
After a few tries, he got a call from a person calling himself “Rajat” and introduced himself as an employee from the same agency. The scammer assured him to support him in booking a cab. From there, the scammer told him to issue a payment of ₹100 on the website again and said the rest amount could be paid at the end of the trip.
While trying to make a payment again, it showed the same error again. In the end, the victim left the booking process.
When a few hours passed, the victim received a continuous thread of payment messages from his banks. Those were the notification for an amount deduction of around ₹ 2 Lakh from his accounts.
According to the Police, at midnight, the victim received a thread of messages on his phone amounting as follows
- and ₹1.42 lakh.
These amounts were deducted from the victim’s credit card accounts. After ensuring that something wrong had just happened, the victim contacted the banks and asked them to block the credit cards.
Credit Card Issuers Support
Customer Support helped him out by recovering ₹71,085. However, he lost the rest of the money, around ₹ 2.2 Lakh, to the scammers in the event. Moreover, the case is on the look. That did lit a query of whether the software engineer got eloped on a smarter way or the trap was visible, and the victim lost the clue.
Pharming Attack (Cyber Attack)
It was a case of Pharming Attack. Pharming states the condition where the adversary modifies a website or a PC’s DNS (Domain Name System) server to drive the users directly to a fake one. No matter if the typing one has typed the correct URL.
What can be the consequences of these attacks?
A smarter way of tricking scams is that if the victim doesn’t even click on the malicious link, they will be driven to the fabricated website instead of the real one. What’s the most shocking thing in this whole incident is that the victim won’t even know whether they will be trapped in the plotted trap by the attacker or not.
That’s because the adversary has smartly plotted the whole trap while taking care of every aspect of what the victim will be thinking while going to the fabricated website. In this case, the adversary will be able to trap the victim, and the victim will have to lose his confidential data at the hands of the adversary, such as follows.
- Credit Card Numbers,
- Or other confidential data.
Don’t click on any suspicious links! Just go to the official websites and ask for your work status. Even if you get any call from the official sites’ employees, first confirm if they are the real ones or not. Act wisely, and learn about how to protect yourself from such harmful cyberattacks.
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