In a major cyber crime, the e-mail of a tobacco exporting company official was hacked and an amount of more than Rs 2.35 crore had been diverted to two different bank accounts in the USA and Turkey for exports made to a Bulgarian firm. The Indian Tobacco Traders Shipping department official Chenchu Ramaiah complained to the Prakasam police that his e-mail account had been hacked and an amount of $ 3.74 lakh transferred to two different bank accounts in the US and Turkey, instead of the firm's account with a public sector bank here, for exporting 75.19 tonnes of tobacco.
Giving details of the fraud, Singarayakonda Circle Inspector T. Ashok Vardhan said on Monday that $ 1,06,670 was transferred to an account in a bank branch in Atlanta in the US by the importer at Sofia in Bulgaria, with whom the Indian firm had longstanding relationship, on November 14. Then the remaining amount of the sale proceeds was transferred to another account in a bank in Turkey on November 20.
The fraud came to light when the importer came to the country for making further purchases to Ongole, known for high quality Virginia tobacco on Saturday, the company chairman, Bellam Kottaiah, said
Acting swiftly, the importer gave instructions to his bankers to freeze the amount transferred to the account in the Turkish bank, Mr Kottaiah, also Indian Tobacco Association President, said, adding that it was not immediately known whether the amount transferred to the account in the bank in Atlanta had been withdrawn or not.
The Tangutur police registered a case under IPC Section 420 and 65 and 66 of the Information Technology Act and transferred the case to the cyber crime wing of the CB-CID for a detailed probe, the CI added.