Here is the identity of the suspected fraud agent. No more excuses for the Police to ignore

This is in continuation of my two earlier articles titled

“A Suspected fraud in the names of Dr Jitendra Singh and the President of India… Who Cares?” and

“Here is the Proof of Fraud. Will it still be ignored?”.

I had already indicated a Delhi address in the document revealed in the previous article.  Now I place before the public another document that exposes some names in Chennai as people who are involved in the chain of this scam representing a suspected fraud to impersonate the President of India, Union Minister Dr Jitendra Singh as well as former Chief Justice of India Mr R.M Lodha .

The offence also involves possibly five forgeries, which includes the signatures of the above impersonated persons and that of Nilam Sawhney, Secretary of the office of CVC and a Trade Mark officer, Mr O.P.Gupta of Mumbai Trademark office.

It is now time for Chennai Police to act and continue this investigation.

I request Ms S.P. Lavanya in charge of the Cyber Crime Cell to take up the investigation suo moto and bring the culprits to justice. 

There are two addresses in Chennai viz., No 44A, 18th Avenue, Ashok Nagar, Chennai 600083 as well as No 34, swathi complex, 2nd floor, Venkata Narayana Road, Nandanam, Chennai 600035.

There is a “Registration Number” in the letterhead (shown in the previous article) which could be a registration of a society under the Tamil Nadu Societies Registration Act which also can provide some lead just like the Trademark registration number mentioned in the previous article which has confirmed the fraud.

There is a suspected forged e-mail sent in the name of R.M. Lodha and  an IP address to follow which may even provide a mobile identity of the forger if investigated.

But in view of the address and landline number itself being available in the enclosed document, the IP address may not be required except to prove that the e-mail address of R M Lodha is being operated from a Chennai IP address and constitutes another proof of impersonation through a fraudulent G mail address registered in the name of rmlodha.justice@gmail.com

I do recognize that the persons indicated in the enclosed document may themselves be not fully aware of the root of the scam and can turn out to be the proverbial “Mules” themselves. But investigating through them may be required to find out the central conspirators.

I request these persons whose names are visible in the document not to panic and if they are innocent, they should themselves approach the Police and initiate investigation to absolve themselves and help the authorities to  find the real culprits. They should preserve whatever evidence they presently have with them to assist the Police.

Chennai Police has to their credit the first Cyber Crime conviction in India (Suhas Katti case) and further many more successes in the Credit Card fraud cases. Now here is an opportunity to bust a major National racket. I wish they take up this challenge and continue the investigation to the logical end.

If properly pursued, we donot know what surprises may be in store. This may reveal lot more than an attempted advance fee fraud and bust a national cyber crime syndicate.

The question is,

“Are We Serious in nipping the Cyber Crimes in the bud?” or

“Are we happy in letting it grow into a major scam in which several innocent persons lose their money before we start investigating?

Chennai Police have to make the choice.

Naavi

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Here is the Proof of Fraud. Will it still be ignored?

Yesterday, I had published a post about a fraud using the names of Mr Jitendra Singh, Union Minister and Mr Ram Nath Kovind, the President of India besides Mr R.M.Lodha, former Chief Justice, PMO and CVC.

Last Saturday and later I had contacted the offices of these entities through available e-mail and alerted them about the potential fraud and sought their reaction. I had also filed a complaint on the PMO website. But so far I have not received any information about any remedial action taken.

This apathy is the biggest challenge to Cyber Security since Government machinery including Police who should have acted at the hint of the fraud donot start thinking until a major crisis hits them. Media most of the time are busy on other issues and donot always follow such frauds when it is yet to become a sensational news.

I now provide here the proof why the President’s name, Jitendra Singh’s name was used for a fraud which has already been rolled out. There could be some victims already who may legitimately claim that they were misled because of the names used by the fraudster.

The two letters indicated in my previous articles were accompanied by a Trade Mark Registration form to build credibility and ended up with an offer to appoint people to various designations in the proposed organization called Anti Corruption and Anti Crime Wing of India if they pay some membership fees.

The fee structure proposed was as follows.

The fees varied from Rs 1200/- for the ordinary member of public to Rs 1 lakh for the office bearer-State President and was proposed as renewable every 2 years. I was told that the membership fee is collected for meeting he expenses and the office bearers would be privileged to have boards on their Cars which will provide status and free access across toll booths.

The fee structure was a give away that it is like an “Advance Fee Fraud”.

There were two other interesting documents provided to substantiate the authenticity of the organization namely a trademark registration and a CVC certificate reproduced below.

There was also a letterhead which indicated a “Registration Number” 174/2017

The registration looked like that of a Society. The address of the head office was given as “Lok Ayoktha” building in Pahar ganj where as “Lok Ayukta” is situated elsewhere.

The trademark registration was done in Mumbai where as the two addresses available for the offices were for Chennai and Delhi.

It was the trademark registration certificate that raised my doubts first since the class of registration was 25 which was for “Clothing”. Also there was a difference in the name and the logo in the certificate.

I asked for clarification from the IP office in Mumbai but did not get an immediate reply. But one of my friends was able to get the copy of the trademark certificate which corresponded to the number 2825274 which is reproduced below.

This has been issued to one Mr Najappa of Attibele village for a trademark of “Smile Sparrows”. Mr Najappa appears to be in the business of Readymade Garments.

I have even more information which I have collected in identifying the fraudsters which the Police can use if they want to investigate further.

Now this scam which tries to get members for the Anti Corruption crusade at Rs 1200/- per person in different villages, towns etc besides the intermediaries who opt to become office bearers at higher costs used the identity of the President, the Union Minister, a Trademark officer, The CVC, a Trademark applicant and a Trade mark agent.

All these persons would primafacie be liable for lending their identity for the commission of the fraud though I know that they are innocent bystanders. But what I donot like is that the President, the Union Minister, CVC, PMO and Trademark office were negligent in not responding to my alert and if I decide to stay quiet, they would be allowing their names to be used further for cheating the public.

This apathy, ignorance or arrogance is what needs to be flagged for correction. If we donot wake up even when some body tries to wake us up, then we cannot claim the defence of  innocence.

It would be appropriate if the President’s secretariat as well as Mr Jitendra Singh’s secretariat as well as the others issue a public apology for not quickly responding to the alerts sent by me.

Even if they had not recognized the importance of the e-mails I had sent earlier, my article yesterday should have been noticed by the IB and brought to the attention of the concerned persons who ought to have responded yesterday itself to counter the involvement of these state functionaries in the attempted scam.

I hope at least this article will make them realize the need to be responsive to such security incidents reported in the public medium such as these blogs.

We often worry about “Fake News”. But it is necessary for the authorities to realize that some times, genuine news also comes from the web and ignoring them is fraught with as much risk as believing in fake news.

Let’s see if I get any response from any of the authorities.

I wish any of the victims involved in the scam which might have just started file a complaint with Police either at Chennai or Bangalore or Delhi or Mumbai where victims are likely to be spread out so that proper investigation can be taken up.

Naavi

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A Suspected fraud in the names of Dr Jitendra Singh and the President of India… Who Cares?

Last week, a whistle blower brought to my attention that a certain document was in circulation stating

a) An Organization by name Anti Corruption and Anti Crime wing of India operating from Delhi and Chennai for which Former Chief Justice R.M.Lodha has been appointed as the President.

b) A Letter purportedly signed by the President of India namely Shri Ram Nath Kovind has been produced. This is dated 11.05.2018

c) A letter purported to have been signed by Dr Jitendra Singh,  the MOS attached to PMO dated 10th May 2018 has also been enclosed confirming the appointment from 7th May 2018.

Considering some of the other documents that I came across with these two letters, I have a suspicion that both the above two letters are forged.

I have called for confirmation from the offices of both the President of India as well as the Minister and it appears that they have other priorities.

I am however concerned that these fake letters are accompanying a request for mobilization of a membership which indicates a potential all India financial scam.

Several years ago, I had pointed out a fraud in the name of a website www.cgtmse-govt.in and despite the efforts to alert the public many lost money. It was only when a complaint from a person who had lost Rs 26 lakhs in the scam was resolved by the Adjudicator of Chattisgarh that the fraud came to the notice of the public.

It would be better if the suspected fraud indicated in the name of the Anti Corruption and Anti Crime wing is investigated immediately and we know if it is genuine or fraudulent.

From the various documents that accompany the above two letters which I will release in due course, it is more or less confirmed in my mind that this is a fraudulent money raising scheme.

I wish the Cyber Crime police in Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai or CBI itself takes immediate notice of this report and initiate action.

If the investigators are interested, they can contact me for more information. In the meantime, I caution every member of the public who may receive requests for contribution to this activity to refrain from making any payment and wait for further clarifications that we may be able to provide in due course.

I was holding back this publication for nearly a week expecting that some action can be initiated by the investigators before the news is in public domain. But I think that no body is really interested or it will take a long time for the authorities to respond and hence I am publishing it here.

Naavi

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We need to Protect Mr Modi from Drone Attacks

The explosion of Drones during a military parade in Venezuela which was being addressed by the President Nicolas Maduro who recently won a closely contested election raises an alarm on the risks posed by Drones.

The “Quadcopters” as they are called with four rotors are capable of flying for over 20 minutes and operated from a mile away and cost less than $1000 online. Already militant groups of the ISIS have used such drones to drop mini bombs or crash into targetted structures. (refer here)

What the incident highlights is that a risk of this type can be expected to arise in India where there are terrorist groups supported by opposition political parties who are targeting to assassinate Mr Modi before the next Loksabha elections. For them these Drones are an easy tool.

We need to therefore flag this risk and take suitable corrective actions. The ball is in the court of technology experts and Information Security Experts in particular.

To start with, possession and flying of Drones must be subject to strict licensing process as stringent or more on Gun licensing.

Permissions must be restricted to the use of specific frequency of communication which could be monitored and blocked if required so that “Licensed drones are not used for attacks”.

This still leaves the “Unlicensed Drones” as a risk which need to be jammed and shot down like an alien aircraft if seen intruding into security zones. Perhaps we need to declare a radius of a mile around a suspected target as a “Risk Zone” and shoot down drones if they are seen flying around. Any operation of Drones for security purpose or for permitted surveillance or photography has to be strictly under a licensed bandwidth of communication and watched with hawk eyes.

The security of the Super  VIPs like Mr Modi (not to be extended to all Tom Dick and Harry VIPs) should include sharp shooters watching the skies who could bring down the drones beyond say 100 metres  from the VIP.

Probably this will mitigate the risk but does not eliminate attacks where chemical weapons may be used.

This means that Modi security should include availability of an oxygen mask which may be immediately deployed in case a drone explodes or shot down in the vicinity.

Will the Government of India take note and initiate necessary action?

Naavi

 

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Data Privacy in the Indian Scenario

Indian Academy of Data Protection Professionals is conducting a web based round table on Personal Data Protection Act 2018 to provide a preliminary exposure of the proposed law to its members.

This initiative is intended to be a movement of the Data Protection Professionals in India to create a body of themselves, for their empowerment through various activities.

The formal membership of the Academy is yet to be opened up.

On the occasion of this round table and to serve as a background material, Naavi is sharing a presentation made by him on 28th July 2018 at Chennai immediately after the official release of the draft of the Personal Data Protection Act 2018 on July 27, 2018 by Justice Srikrishna Committee in Delhi. (Copy of the presentation is available here)

Naavi

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Web based Roundtable on Personal Data Protection Act 2018

The Indian Academy of Data Protection Professionals (IADPP) will conduct a web based Roundtable discussion on 12th August 2018 at 8.00 PM.

The Roundtable will be lead by Naavi and will have participation from other invited professionals.

A Copy of the proposed Personal Data Protection Act 2018 (PDPA 2018) is available here

Those who are interested in participating in the discussions may contact Naavi through e-mail.

The link to the meeting would be sent by e-mail in due course. People can join even on mobile.

Speakers:

1. Applicability: Nagendra of T Consultants
2. Data Subject’s (Data Principal’s)  Rights: P.B Vishwanath of Wipro

3. Data Localization: Rakesh Goyal of Sysman.in
4.Role of DPOs: Harish of Hanvik Infosec

5. . Data Controller (Data Fiduciary) Responsibilities: Lalit Kalra of EY
6. Civil and Criminal Penalties: Naavi

Naavi

 

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