2 Rabindra Bharati University profs fall prey to phishing
Times of India | 15 January 2022
KOLKATA: Days after two serving and retired professors of Calcutta University lost their hard earned money in phishing frauds, it was the turn of two professors from Rabindra Bharati University to fall prey to similar frauds in the last 48 hours.
According to RBU sources, the frauds targeted the salary accounts of two professors using an identical modus operandi.
The fraudsters, claimed sources, tried to trick other professors too, but they were on their guard. “Fortunately, we could limit the losses to two persons. The teachers’ union has demanded an independent probe into the incident stating that since names of the senior administrative officers were used, the RBU cannot remain a mute spectator,” said a source in the university.
Bengali department professor Deblina Seth and visual arts department professor Pala Sengupta lost Rs 5 lakh and Rs 3.5 lakh, respectively.
The fraudsters used the name of a senior RBU functionary and asked both Seth and Sengupta to update their salary accounts. The accused used the name of a bank employee who handled their accounts and were asked to click on a link. The victims have lodged complaints with the Lalbazar detective department. and the bank.