SRINAGAR: J&K Bank has lodged first information report (FIR) at the Kothibagh police station against online scammers who circulated fake recruitment list of the bank a few days back on social media. The FIR has been registered under section 419, RPC 66 IT Act.
The FIR No.14/2018 dated 11/03/2018 filed at the Kothibagh police station by Chief Security Officer of J&K Bank reads, “The fraudulent act has been committed by the accused with the clear dishonest intent of cheating by impersonation with a view to cause wrongful gain to themselves and wrongful loss to the J&K Bank and tarnish its reputation.”
The bank has clarified that” no such recruitment list was issued by the bank” and declared it “fake” in a statement issued here on Wednesday.
Reliable sources revealed that the bank has decided to go tough on such online scammers and rumour mongers who circulate fake news about the bank. “This amounts to reputational damage of this premier institution and at the same time cause mental agony to the general public. The bank would be taking legal action against such persons,” said a source in the bank.
The preliminary reports have revealed that the website address mentioned in the fake recruitment list www.jkbanks.com, has also been found to be “fake and malicious”.
“From initial investigation, the scammers appear to operate through a network having patronage of broad online mafia operating from various media. We will soon unmask the culprits responsible for such mischievous act,” they said.
The culprits by creating a fake website of the bank have committed the offences under the provisions of Information Technology Act – 2000 read with offences of fraud, mischief and defamation under the penal code.
Anti-Fraud Command Centre: Security Team that provides round the clock information security monitoring services to the bank found creation date of the fake site to be March 6, 2018 on the website domain GoDaddy.com. It was found to be faking J&K Bank’s official site. Remarkably, J&K Bank has two corporate websites namely jkbank.com and jkbank.net.