Bhubaneswar: A cyber fraudster created fake a Whatsapp account (+91 89056 43928) in the name of Directorate General (DGP) Fire Services and has started asking money from few officials, informed the senior cop of Odisha Police Santosh Kumar Upadhyay today.
“I have alerted cyber PS for follow up action immediately. It is requested not to entertain such fake caller who is a cyber criminal. His number should be sent to Cyber PS in Cuttack for follow up action as per law,” the DGP Fire Services Upadhyay expressed.
Meanwhile, a screenshot of a Whatsapp chat has surfaced, where the cyber fraudster approached Balasore district Collector Dattatraya Bhausaheb Shinde for money.
Impersonating himself as DGP Fire Services, the cyber criminal wrote, “Hello, how are you? Are you there? It’s me Santosh Kumar Upadhyay, IPS DGP FS, HGs & CD.”
To which, the district Collector replied, “Good evening sir. This is Datta collector Balasore.”
The cyber fraudster continued saying, “Where are you at the moment. I need you to do something for me very urgent.”
The Collector replied again, “Pls tell sir.”
“There is something I need you to please do for me urgently as I am attending to a very crucial meeting with limited phone calls,” said the cyber criminal.
“And you need money I guess?” the Balasore Collector Shinde further said.
“Yes. Are you by any chance familiar with the Amazon pay gift card?” the fraudster asked.