Lucknow Phishing Attack: Retired Official Lost 1.4 Lakhs to Online Fraud

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Uttar Pradesh: A retired additional district magistrate lost Rs 1.4 lakh to a phone call-based Phishing attack in the Aliganj police station area of the state’s capital.

Modus Operandi of Lucknow Phishing Attack Case

Lucknow Phishing attack victim Jagdish Chand Kukreti, a 90-year-old retired official from Aliganj’s Sector J, received four messages of money deduction (Rs 95,000, Rs 20,000, Rs 12,500 and Rs 12,500).

Victim of Lucknow Phishing Attack Case lost 1.4 Lakhs

Kukreti claimed in his complaint that the funds were drawn in the names of two companies and two men and. “I didn’t receive any OTP for the transaction,” he explained. the victim lost a total of 1.4 lakhs to the phishing scam.

He recognised the role of a customer service cell of a company representative with whom he had a conversation at the time of the incident.

“The suspect called me and transferred the messages by remotely controlling my mobile phone,” he explained. He thanked the Cyber Crime Cell sleuths, saying their efforts helped him recover Rs 1.1 lakh.

Ashutosh Kumar, ACP of Aliganj, stated that an FIR has been filed.

What is Phishing Attack?

Phishing attacks use fake emails, text messages, phone calls, or websites to trick people into downloading malware, sharing sensitive information (e.g., PAN and credit card numbers, bank account numbers, login credentials), or taking other actions that expose themselves or their organisations to cybercrime.

Successful phishing attacks frequently result in identity theft, credit card fraud, ransomware attacks, data breaches, and massive financial losses.

Phishing, the practise of deceiving, pressuring, or manipulating people into sending information or assets to the wrong people, is the most common type of social engineering. Social engineering attacks rely on human error and pressure tactics to succeed.

Tips to Spot a Phishing Attack

It’s not always easy to spot a phishing attempt, but a few pointers, some discipline, and common sense can help. Keep an eye out for anything out of the ordinary.

Trust your instincts, but don’t let fear take over. Phishing attacks frequently use fear to cloud your judgement. Here are some additional signs of a phishing attempt:

  • The email contains a seemingly too good to be true offer. It could say you won the lottery, a large prize, or some other lavish item.
  • The sender is recognised, but it is not someone you know. Even if you recognise the sender’s name, be wary if it’s from someone with whom you don’t normally communicate, especially if the email’s content has nothing to do with your regular job responsibilities. The same is true if you CC someone you’ve never met or a group of colleagues from unrelated business units on an email.
  • The message appears to be terrifying. If the email contains charged or alarmist language designed to create a sense of urgency, urging you to click and “act now” before your account is terminated, proceed with caution. Remember that responsible organisations never ask for personal information via the Internet.
  • Unexpected or unusual attachments are included in the message. These attachments may contain malware, ransomware, or another online threat.
  • The message appears to contain broken links. Even if none of the above piques your interest, don’t trust any embedded hyperlinks. Hover your mouse over the link to see the complete URL. Watch for subtle misspellings in otherwise familiar-looking websites, as this may indicate impersonation.
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