Identity theft gone wrong - Users lured by brand Reliance

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Cyber cime cell of mumbai arrested a marketing executive from andhra pradesh trying to lure investors by creating a fake webpage of ADAG - Reliance. He created a website at Google owned blogger (http://reliancemlmindia.blogspot.com/).

He launched multiple schemes for insurance, mobile handsets and lots of other marketing stuff and lured users to give their personal details like Name, Address, PAN card and other stuff, He did not ask them for money but surely his plans were far more superior.

Identity theft crime is picking up in India but the sophistication of doing such crimes is not yet there, I mean how stupid a person can get to host a website on blogger ?

This is surely how stupid a scammer can get to do identity theft but lets not rule of the possibility of a credit card scamming gang involved into it or maybe more than that.

"MUMBAI: The cyber crime cell (CCC) of the Mumbai crime branch on Thursday arrested a 36-year-old marketing executive from Adilabad district of Andhra Pradesh for allegedly trying to lure investors by creating a fake webpage of the Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group (ADAG).

According to the police, Sujankumar Narsima Reddy launched a webpage by using the logo of Reliance Communication and putting a photograph of its chairman Anil Ambani. “The accused floated several schemes regarding marketing of mobile handsets and insurance policies and promoted them as multi-level marketing schemes under the aegis of ADAG,” joint commissioner of police (crime) Rakesh Maria said.

Being a marketing person, Reddy’s schemes were well-planned, the police said. “It was a well-planned trap, but we foiled it before it became a big scam,” DCP Sanjay Mohite said.

Reddy just wanted those interested to fill up a form, giving their personal details, including name and address. He, however, did not demand any money from them, the police said.

The matter came to light when the legal department of the ADAG filed a complaint with the cyber cell on March 18. The complaint said that someone had launched a webpage (http://reliancemlmindia.blogspot.com) and was trying to cheat people.

The webpage, which also had a photo of Anil Ambani, informed people that the schemes were to be launched on April 10 and that was the deadline for those interested to become members." [Source]

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