Friday, July 21, 2017

Looking for love on Matrimonial Sites! Watch out for the Fraudsters

On Oct 2014, I wrote a blog titled “Conmen use fake matrimonial profiles to scam prospective grooms seeking arranged marriages” warning cyber citizens on matrimonial scams. Unfortunately, since then it appears that these scams have become common and lucrative.

These scams earned between 4 lakhs to 1.2 crore rupees (6000 – 200000 USD). Victims were women in their 30’s who had posted their profiles on matrimonial portals. They were emotionally blinded and trusted the online relationship.

The scams used in reported cases in The Times of India, July 20, 2017, were custom harassment, gift clearance or urgent need of money due to a financial or medical emergency.

 31 year old nurse
Conned to accept a parcel that apparently was to contain 15000 GBP ( approx. 12 lakhs)
Paid Rs 4.2 Lakhs ( 6000 USD) to a fake courier company
40 year woman
Conned to bail her suitor out of a sticky payment at the  customs
Paid 74 lakhs (11000 USD) into several accounts
Young Woman
Conned to bail out her UK based suitor as custom officials had caught him carrying a lot of pounds
Paid Rs 4.8 Lakhs (7000 USD)
35 year old woman
Conned into supporting an allegedly US based suitor out of his financial difficulties
Paid Rs 1.2 Crore  (184000 USD)
40 year old woman
Conned into bailing out her UK suitor due to a sticky payment at customs
Paid Rs 4.65 Lakhs (7000 USD)

There will be a large number of unreported scams as they involve threats of defamation using explicit photos or video’s shared during the relationship.

I would again remind cybercitizens, that conmen actively target you, use social engineering techniques to gain your trust, and know how to hide themselves on the Internet. These conmen are often difficult to trace or it is simply too expensive to do so.


My recommendation is to use common sense when in an untrusted and unverified relationship. Any request for money should sound a loud buzzer in your brain. Do not also share content of sexual nature which could later be used against you.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

LuciusonSecurity ranked among the Top 100 Information Security Blogs for Data Security Professionals

LuciusonSecurity is privileged to be chosen as one of the Top 100 Information Security Blogs for Data Security Professionals in 2017 by feedspot.com.






Disgruntled Driver asks Share Ride Cab Company OLA to Pay Ransom for Kidnapped Passenger

A doctor called a shared ride cab to drive him to the private hospital where he worked. The shared ride arrived on time, but instead of taking the doctor to his destination, the driver threatened the doctor and kidnapped him.  The OLA cab driver, in turn posted a ransom request of Rs 5 Crore (750,000 USD) to the shared ride company, even calling up the hospital were the doctor worked to pressurize the company into paying. The Delhi police, were successful after a 13 day chase to free the doctor unharmed and nab the kidnapper.

The motive for the kidnapping was to teach the shared ride company a lesson as they were miffed due to alleged nonpayment of incentives.

The incident simply highlights the damage disgruntled employees can cause, many a times due to uncontrolled emotions. While the kidnapping seems to be one of a kind, incidents caused by employees in the workplace is quite common. In the early days, it used to be sabotage of plan and machinery, but in a digital world it is the theft of IP, data or even online defamation of the company and its personnel.