Man poses as Adar Poonawalla, dupes Serum Institute of a crore with WhatsApp text

Man poses as Adar Poonawalla, dupes Serum Institute of a crore with WhatsApp text

Believing that it was the CEO's message, company officials transferred Rs 1,01,01,554 online

Pune-based Serum Institute of India (SII) has been duped of Rs 1 crore by an unidentified cyber fraudster who allegedly posed as Adar Poonawalla, the company's chief executive officer (CEO).

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The fraudster sent a WhatsApp message to one of SII's directors, Satish Deshpande, seeking money transfer to various accounts. The incident took place on September 7 and September 8.

Believing that it was the CEO's message, company officials transferred Rs 1,01,01,554 online, only to realise later that Poonawalla had never sent any such message.

A first information report (FIR) has been registered for cheating and offences under the Information Technology Act against unidentified persons at the Bundgarden police station on Friday. An investigation into the matter is underway.

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