Cyber frauds use BBMP chief’s ID to operate gift card scam

July 07, 2022 02:46 pm | Updated 03:47 pm IST - Bengaluru

BBMP Chief Commissioner Tushar Giri Nath addressing a press conference in Bengaluru. File photo

BBMP Chief Commissioner Tushar Giri Nath addressing a press conference in Bengaluru. File photo | Photo Credit: The Hindu

After targetting a high court judge and Principal Chief Commissioner of Central Tax, fraudsters have now used the BBMP Chief Commissioner’s name to run an Amazon gift-card scam.

Nagesh K, Deputy Chief Information officer of BBMP IT cell, filed a complaint with the central division of cyber crime police on Thursday, stating that the accused not only used BBMP Chief Commissioner Tushar Giri Nath’s name and his photo as his WhatsApp display picture but also communicated with Mr. Nath’s friend recommending him to buy an Amazon gift card. He also shared the link to make the purchases.

Chief Civic Commissioner Tushar Giri Nath said messages posing as him asking for Amazon gift cards had been sent to several senior civic officials including Special Commissioners and Joint Commissioners of Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) in the past two days. “Our officer who has received the message has lodged a complaint with Cyber Crime Police. I request everyone not to fall for such cyber crimes,” he said.

The BBMP chief also took to Twitter to address the incident and warn officers and citizens.

This is the most common form of cyber fraud that misuse the names of VIPs to cheat people, the police said.

Based on the complaint, the cyber crime police are trying to track down the accused through the mobile number he was using as the BBMP commissioner.

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