SDDGM has learned of several emails being sent to the public which are not created, authorized or distributed by our Hon’ble ex-President Sh. Manoharbhai Gujarati.
Please be advised that these correspondences are hoaxes and neither SDDGM nor Manoharbhai himself in any way associated with these programs. These correspondences appear to be a form of fraud commonly known as “phishing” or “email impersonation”, the objective of which is to try to obtain personal or financial information from you.
How to tell if an e-mail message is fraudulent?
Here are a few warning signs that the message you received is a “phishing” scam:
- Phishing emails use free, non-corporate email accounts (such as Yahoo! Gmail and Hotmail) – email in this case appears to originate from email@example.com
- Message conveys a sense of urgency – “Phishing” messages attempt to convey a sense of urgency so that you’ll respond immediately without thinking.
- Bulk correspondences – Phishing messages are usually sent out in bulk and often do not contain your first or last name.
- Spelling and grammatical errors in the email.
- You are asked to provide personal or financial information – should not ask you to send passwords, login names, Credit/Debit numbers, AADHAR numbers, or other personal and/or financial information through mail/e-mail.
Sample of Hoax We Have Identified
From: Manoharbhai Gujrati <firstname.lastname@example.org> [Impersonated Email]
Date: Fri, Feb 28, 2020 at 4:48 PM
Subject: Needed Urgently.
I need you to help me take care of something asap, kindly reply back and let me know if you are available.
What to do
Please do not respond to these correspondences, as it could jeopardize your personal information and privacy. If you have already responded, we advise that you immediately discontinue all communications with any of the individuals associated with this hoax.
You might also want to report this email to the National Cyber Crime Reporting Portal (Ministry of Home Affairs, Govt. of India) at https://cybercrime.gov.in/