Udupi: Academic at MGM Stays Clear of E-mail Conman’s Trap, Cautions Public Too

Udupi: There are any number of conmen trying to trap gullible people into shady deals and proposals these days. The latest report involves a person who used a method to cheat, which has not been heard in this region.

M Vishwanath Pai, head of the department of Computer Science at MGM College here earlier this week received an e-mail from one Rob Abbey. He conveyed the information that another person of the same name like Pai, his wife and two children had died in a road mishap.

He further said that funds to the tune of US$ 9.60 million belonging to the deceased were lying unclaimed. Abbey gave him an offer that having a similar name Pai could claim all that money. Hence he sought his address and other details.

But Pai, being a computer expert, was already aware of the games the conmen play these days. He did not even bother to send a reply.

Instead, through the media, he has cautioned the public against falling a prey to such tricks.


  1. The (WWW) World Wide Web, as it is aptly called, was invented for the good,
    just like God created the earth for the good. But they are the Good, The Bad,
    and the Ugly too sharing this space.

    Sadly, the WWW is also made use by cheats and thieves and all.
    Many E-mails are sent by people claiming their uncles to be a King or
    a Millionaire from some African country have left millions and billions
    that they wish to share with you or to transfer to your bank account.
    Mr. Rob Abbey targetting a PAI, is certainly news – perhaps this Rob
    does not know that the Konkono’s are masters of all trades!

    The Rule of the Thumb for using the WWW is:
    Open and Read only E-mails from known E-mail addresses;
    Never respond to any AD or disclose any info to them
    Never disclose any type of name or number, be it ID, Bank A/C or PAN
    Never respond if if the guise is from a Indian government Agency – No
    Authority corresponds by E-mail – always a letter by Post.
    Even in Malls, do not accept to give your personal info to any shops for any of their
    FREE scheme of OFFERS – they are the ones that share your info to
    all the thieves on the WWW
    Nowadays, one can host a web site for as little as Rs.500.-
    Finally, the WWW is not a safe technology and certainly Microsoft has
    no control over it.

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