Phishing scam money mule claims he was threatened by bank and police officials

An unemployed Indian man who claims he became unwittingly involved in a phishing scam says he was threatened by bank officials and beaten up by police investigators.

D Sakthi Kumar, a resident of Nanmangalam in Chennai, alleges that pressure has been put on him to pay the 50,000 Indian Rupees (just over US $1000) that authorities have accused him of stealing.

According to reports, Kumar claims that he received an email from a company called Rose Textiles, offering him the job of ‘payment officer’ out of the blue, if he allowed them to put money into his account which he would then (after skimming off a 5% payment) move to another account.

Seasoned readers of the Clu-blog will, of course, recognise that this is the classic story of the money mule. A phishing gang breaks into bank accounts and…

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