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Hinjewadi firm director’s email hacked into, fraudsters attempt Rs 1.59-cr theft

The Hinjewadi police have lodged an offence in this case against the unidentified suspect.

By: Express News Service | Pune | Updated: January 30, 2015 12:49:48 am

Unidentified cyber fraudsters allegedly hacked into the email account of the director of Synechron Technologies Private Limited and attempted an online theft of Rs 1.59 crore. The police said the loss was averted due to the vigilant approach of the company’s chief finance officer (CFO).

Retired assistant commissioner of police Vishnu Mane, who is now the legal advisor of this company, lodged the offence in this case at the Hinjewadi police station. Police inspector (crime) A T Vaghmale is probing the case.

“Unidentified cyber fraudster based in a foreign country is suspected to have hacked into the email account of Zia Bhutta, the director of Synechron Technologies Private Limited, located in Phase III of Hinjewadi IT Park. The fraudster is then suspected to have forwarded an email from Bhutta’s account to the email address of Rakesh Gupta, the CFO of the company, on January 22,” the police said.

The fraudulent email reportedly asked the CFO to transfer Rs 1,59,72,343 to the bank account of a Chinese company. “But the chief finance officer had doubts as he never got such an email from the company before. The officer then contacted Bhutta to verify. Bhutto told the financial officer that he never sent the email to make any such online transfer of money. Thus, no money was transferred and the theft was averted,” said Vaghmale.

The Hinjewadi police have lodged an offence in this case against the unidentified suspect under Section 420 (cheating) and 511 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and Sections 66(c) (d) of the Information Technology (IT) Act. When contacted, complainant Mane refused to comment on the case.

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