Feb 06, 2020

3 nabbed for pilfering 130 m from NSBM!

The CID had arrested three persons including two Korean nationals who had pilfered Rs. 130 million from the Homagama, Pitipana NSBM Green University account fraudulently.

This was based on a complaint lodged by the financial controller of NSBM on January 24th.

The fraudsters had hacked into the NSBM Assistant Accounting Officer’s email account and sent an email to Sampath Bank, where the NSBM account is existant, and ordered the transfer of Rs. 30 million to an account of a Tamil National in Kotahena on January 22. This Tamil person had then withdrawn 2 million from his account.

The hackers had then emailed the bank from the same email account and transferred Rs. 100 million to the bank account of the Korean national at Hatton National Bank.

However, as the NSBM had not had Rs. 100 million in their account at the time, the bank had contacted the accounts division of the university and the scam had been exposed. Having lodged a complaint to the CID regarding this scam, investigations had commenced.

Based on the investigations, the first person to be arrested was the Tamil person from Kotahena. Based on information obtained from him during interrogation, the two Koreans were arrested when they had tried to withdraw the Rs. 100 million from the bank.

The two Koreans are workers engaged in a hydro power project in the country and there had been two local businessmen as directors of that company. The two Koreans had attempted to transfer the Rs. 100 million to the bank account opened for this hydro power project. One of these Koreans owns three companies in Korea while the other owns businesses in Vietnam.

However, investigations carried out so far have not found that the two Sri Lankan directors had any involvement in this scam. But, the CID is now investigating who the hackers were and they are scrutinizing the NSBM servers to identify the hackers.

The arrested suspects were produced before the Colombo Fort Magistrate on February 04th.

The CID warns the public to be on alert regarding emails sent by hackers and emails and sms sent requesting for passwords.