As India increasingly becomes digitally connected a robust monitoring of internet is mandatory
Prahlad Rao | January 19, 2015 | New Delhi
It was bound to happen. Narendra Modi is most active on internet world and somebody tried to misuse that to con gullible Indians.
Dellhi Police have busted a fake website of the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) under the name ‘Pradhan Mantri Adarsh Yojna’ and arrested the mastermind for cheating several people on the pretext of providing them government loans. Sudipta Chatterjee, the 43-year-old mastermind of the racket, was arrested on Saturday from Howrah, where the network had its base.
He created the fake website (www.pmay-gov.in), projected it as a government one and hosted it on a server based in the US. To confuse the users, the URL had the reflection of a government website and it was listed on priority with Google. Whenever, any online surfer would search this website would figure in the top hits.
Chatterjee had also created other domains by the name of bharat-sarkar.in, govindia.in, CGTMSE-govt.in, CGTMSE-gov.in. He also created similar e-mails by the name of firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com.
According to the police the fake website was created with the aim of cheating people of their money on the pretext of providing loans. Chatterjee succeeded in duping over 200 innocent people of lakhs of rupees.
However, the question we want to ask is why is that law enforcement agencies act only after hundreds are cheated and somebody complains. In this case it was the PMO itself that had to send a complaint, and after that the Delhi police got into action.
With a boom in e-governance and schemes like jan dhan yojan, more and more people are entering online business involving money. Unless a person is tech-savvy, there is always a scope for falling victim to online fraud, even the educated are not an exception.
In such a scenario, it becomes important that various organizations, both public and private, should hold awareness programmes about online business. Interestingly, Chatterjee had received a call from officials from nic.in (Indian govt’s internet administrator) who asked him to pull down one of the e-mails that was similar to the government mail id. However, the official or the organization did not register a complaint, thus giving a long rope to the conman.
Hence, the most important task for the law enforcement agencies is to be pro-active. They have to scan the web world for fraudsters, constantly monitor the internet for fake websites, mail ids and news. For this the public may have to sacrifice bit of online privacy but in the end it will be beneficial for large number of people.
An active cyber cell is must for the country as connects with Modi’s Digital India.
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