Hackers posing as German company officials swindle '23L from Pune firm

The Alankar police have registered a case against unidentified hackers – who claim to be members of a German firm – for allegedly swindling cash worth Rs 23 lakh from a Kothrud-based company earlier this month.

An official from Upbringing Technologies in Dahanukar Colony said they used to collaborate with a German company named FIPA Gmbh. Upbringing Technologies used to import machinery from Germany to India for client companies here, whereas the other company used to import machinery from India through Upbringing.

On December 10, unidentified individuals, posing as the sales executive of the German firm, sent an email claiming they would like to purchase some merchandise. Affixing bank strikes as a reason, the sender asked the sales officer of the Indian company to transfer of Rs 23 lakh to an account. The sender promised that the cash will be credited back very soon.

However, few days later the sender of the email demanded few more lakhs. A suspicious sales officer then raised the issue with the seniors. “They rang up FIPA Gmbh who stated that they have not sent any such request. They also expressed doubt that there e-mail accounts were hacked,” said sub-inspector Ambarish Gaikwad.

It was found that the money had gone into the bank account of a firm named Aman and Associates, New Delhi. Cyber experts have said that they cops will confirm with the German firm whether their account had been logged in at specific times. If the IP address hints it happened from India, hackers can be traced with the help of service provider. PMB

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