Cyber ​​crooks use Chandigarh DGP photo to ask acquaintances for gift cards: The Tribune India

Tribune press service

Chandigarh, May 28

Cyber ​​crooks got so reckless that they only used the name and display image (DP) of UT Chief Police Officer (DGP) Praveer Ranjan to search for maps -gifts from Amazon to her acquaintances on a popular messaging and video calling app.

It is not known if anyone was duped by this method, but several such requests have been made at the behest of the police chief. This prompted Ranjan to tweet a request to anyone who receives such messages not to fall into this trap.

“I ask you all to please report the scammer who is using my name and DP, asking for Amazon gift cards. Please report to [email protected],” he tweeted.

Police said the Cybercrime Investigation Unit had launched an investigation. No cases have been recorded to date.

In the past two months, cyber crooks have impersonated Punjab President Kultar Singh Sandhwan, Punjab CEO VK Bhawra, Chief Secretary Anirudh Tewari, HP Chief Minister and Chief Secretary, and the DGP of Rajasthan.

In the meantime, the police have tracked down the person in whose name the SIM card was issued. “He does not use the SIM card or the messaging app. We asked him to join the investigation,” a police officer said.

Officials said the language of the messages was the same as the two complainants reported earlier.

“The scam is operated from Nigeria,” officials added.

On May 2, the Executive Officer of Chandigarh Judicial Academy, Sector 43, Rajinder Singh reported that an unknown person sent him a WhatsApp message posing as a judge. The impostor asked her to send Amazon gift cards. He grew suspicious and reported the matter to higher authorities. A case under articles 419 of the CPI and article 66 © of the computer law was registered at the police station in sector 36.

Operating mode

Fraudsters upload photos of prominent leaders, bureaucrats, judges and others from Facebook or other online sites to use as profile pictures on their WhatsApp accounts. Then they send messages to their friends, associates and known people asking for immediate financial help due to a medical emergency and ask them to send money via Amazon gift cards and share the code.

The VPN or double-server proxy is used for WhatsApp messaging, which complicates their tracking because the codes received are bought by intermediaries who take a 5 to 10% share.

Michael N. Clark