Rtd. Chief Justice of Supreme Court — Justice Lodha — a victim of Phishing / SCAM.
When a common day to day wage earner has been cheated, he ought to run to a nearest police station, but, when the a chief justice of the top most courts in India has a problem, he too has to take the walk to the nearest police station.
On 19th April, 2019 — Rtd. Justice RM Lodha was sitting in his retirement house sipping some coffee, when he received a mail from Justice B.P.Singh. He regularly correspond through email with his friend and colleague, Justice (retd) B.P. Singh from the very same ID for a very long sime. The mail reads,
I require immediate help of Rs 1 lakh for the treatment of my cousin brother as I am unavailable over phone. Transfer the cash immediately to the account as follows: …
Justice Lodha baffled about his friend in trouble, immediately made two transactions vide IMPS and awaited the call from his friend about the wellbeing of the cousin in discussion.
Few weeks later, Justice B.P.Singh sends a mail to everyone in his contact list that his email has been hacked and he has regained control of the same and to discard any communication received during the hacking period. Justice Lodha immediately discloses that he has received a mail asking for One Lakh and he has transferred the same.
Justice Lodha within few days approached the Delhi Police and filed a complaint regarding the hack. The Delhi Police has registered a case under various sections of the IPC including cheating and the IT Act. A probe is on to identify the accused hacker.
Rest is history, so is the money!