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Scamsters clone ICICI Bank website

Scamsters seem to be giving bankers a tough time. After the benami account scam, banks now have to deal with a new kind of cyber crime
called phishing.

For the uninitiated, phishing is a fradulent way of acquiring credit card, personal identification numbers and banking passwords using the internet and e-mail by masquerading as a trusted source.

ICICI Bank, the largest private sector bank, filed a complaint with the Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC) police station on February 7 after its customers complained about being asked to validate or confirm their account details through a seemingly innocuous e-mail ID (icici@icicibank.com).

When the cyber crime cell began investigating the case, they found that a scamster had managed to get hold of customer details and used it to purchase goods on the net.

The ICICI Bank website had also been cloned. At the cloned site, www.iciciibank.net, you could buy virtually everything, from travel to financial services, gifts and computers, and it also offered free online gambling and education facilities.

."We are still investigating the matter," said a senior cyber
crime official.

"Within two hours of the crime, our crisis management team blocked the clone website," said ICICI Bank spokesperson. ICICI Bank claims it has already informed the RBI about the net fraud.

The bank claims it has sent out mailers to those customers who had received the fraudulent e-mails alerting them not to update sensitive account information like their debit card numbers, credit card numbers, user IDs, and passwords by clicking on an e-mail link or by visiting a website. They also informed bank customers that they could continue to transact with ICICI Bank via the authentic website, www.icicibank.com.

After word got around in banking circles, HDFC Bank took premptive action. On February 8, it sent mailers to all its customers alerting them about the dangers of phishing.



  1. Anonymous said...

    A stale incident of Feb 7th !! The results of the police investigation, if at all completed, would be more interesting and informative.

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