Mangaluru: In an incident of identity theft and fraud, unknown perpetrators usurped money from close associates of Dr. Santosh Kumar, the Deputy Commissioner of Mangalore Municipal Corporation, by contacting them through a fake Facebook account impersonating the Deputy Commissioner. A case has been registered under the Cyber-crime unit in this regard.

According to the registered complaint, perpetrators reportedly used photos from Dr. Santhosh Kumar’s original Facebook account, along with Deputy Commissioner’s credentials and created a fake account to target his close friends and associates, and deceitfully procured money.

The perpetrators reportedly contacted Dr. Santosh Kumar’s friends through Facebook Messenger and sought money using the fake account. Dr. Santosh Kumar, who came to know about the fraudulent undertakings happening using his name posted about the incident on his real account to alert his friends and associates.

In his post, he said that an anonymous person had created a Facebook account using his name and was soliciting money from his mutual acquaintances. He requested his friends to not respond to any friend's request, email, message, or call from the suspicious account impersonating him.

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Bengaluru, Nov 30: An internal assessment of the Karnataka Guarantee of Services to Citizens called 'Sakala' has put Mandya on the top while Bengaluru Urban stood last among the districts in providing services to people within the stipulated time.

Launched in April 2012, there are presently 1025 services related to 98 departments guaranteed under the Sakala scheme which are provided to the applicants within the time limit.

Eight years after the launch of the scheme, the Sakala department carried out the assessment of its performance.

The assessment revealed that 22.92 crore applications were received since the launch of the scheme, out of which 22.85 crore applications were disposed of.

Based on the number of applications received and disposed of, the department came out with the ranking.

Announcing the ranking, Karnataka Minister for Sakala, S Suresh Kumar told reporters on Monday that Mandya, Chikkamagaluru and Chikkaballapura are among the top three districts in providing services under the Sakala scheme within the time limit.

On the other hand, Bengaluru urban, Bidar and Raichur are among the least ranked districts in providing services.

"This assessment provides an opportunity to the respective districts to improve their citizen-oriented services," Kumar, who also holds the primary and secondary education portfolio, said.

The rankings were announced as the state launched the Sakala week during which period, the departments will have to create awareness among masses.

The Minister cited three reasons for the poor performance of Sakala, which are not accepting the applications, rejection of applications and delay in providing the service.

He said people do not know that there are appellants in each department where people can approach and appeal against the rejection and delay in providing services.

Kumar directed the deputy commissioners of the district to conduct a meeting of the Sakala Coordination Committees to analyse the performance of Sakala scheme.