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CurrentAffairs : ManuBhai Shah of CERC gets sucked in email scam

I did not know much about the CERC (Consumer Education and Research Centre).The CERC, I learnt today from its website, is recognized as a research institute by the Government of India and as a consumer organization by the Government of Gujarat. The United Nations has recognized CERC as one of the approved non government organizations. Sounds splendid.

Its Chairman and founder Manubhai Shah, is now in the news, though for a not so splendid reason. Shah has fallen for the 'Advance Fee fraud' email scam and has lost money to the tune of Rs.45,00,000 (approx. $100,000) of which Rs.32,00,000 he has been accused of siphoning from the CERC's accounts! Shah has now been driven out of the very institution he has founded and is fighting to clear his name of this sordid saga.

The advance fee fraud is not in any way novel ( I receive about 3-5 mails every two weeks from the fraudsters due to my published email account) and in one particular incident, I had even sent a reply to the fraudster. Not that he bothered to reply, of course. Nor have the emails stopped.

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