Malappuram collector warns of financial fraud using fake mail id in his name
Malappuram: There was an attempt to swindle money using a fake mail id of the district collector, it is reported. The heads of various departments in the district received emails from a fake email id in the name of Collector K Gopalakrishnan IAS.
The message asked the recipients to buy five Amazon gift cards worth Rs 5000 and send them to the email id email@example.com in the collector's name. It also asked to inform through email after purchasing the gift cards.
After coming to know about this, Collector Gopalakrishnan himself came up with a warning not to get cheated by the frauds. He put up a Facebook post requesting all to stay alert and also shared screenshots of the fake emails.
The fake message was sent from the id firstname.lastname@example.org which bears the name K Gopalakrishnan IAS. Earlier, similar incidents had taken place in the name of the district collectors of Kasaragod and Nilgiri.