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Sharjah Police warn firms against electronic scams.

With electronic crimes on the rise, the Sharjah Police have warned companies to be on their guard against such scams.

Several companies operating in the emirate have lodged complaints with the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of the Sharjah Police after being duped by hackers.

Colonel Jihad Sahoo, Director of the CID, said: "On investigating these cases, we found out that hackers used various techniques to commit e-crimes. The most prevalent of these techniques is this: A hacker will hack the e-mail of a company and monitor the contents of the mails exchanged. Once a supplier sends the bill for certain period and the account number concerned, the hacker will block it and modify the bank account number to his own before sending it to the company. This results in the company sending the money to the hacker instead of the supplier."

Colonel Sahoo said the perpetrators of such scams usually target big companies, which end up incurring huge losses.

"In one complaint we received, a company got an e-mail purportedly from a supplier, which said that they had changed their bank account number. The company ended up sending a huge sum of money to the hacker's account. During investigations, we found out that the hacker had hacked the company's e-mail and monitored the mail exchanges between the company and its suppliers."

Colonel Sahoo called on companies to crosscheck bank account numbers before transferring money to them. He also asked them to instal special softwares to protect them against e-scams.

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Publication:Khaleej Times (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)
Date:Aug 9, 2014
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