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Quit NDTV For Teaching at Harvard Says Job Offer Was Fake

SRINAGAR: Job scams in India are rampant and countless victims have fallen for them. But it is perhaps for the first time in India a prominent personality has fallen victim of a spectacular phishing attack.

Six months after a popular TV journalist and new anchor Nidhi Razdan quit her job after a 21 years long stint at NDTV to teach at the prestigious Harvard University, she revealed on Friday that she was a victim of a sophisticated phishing attack and that the job offer was fake.

In June 2020, Nidhi revealed her resignation from NDTV and her new career path, which will be teaching journalism at the prestigious Harvard University.

"After 21 years at NDTV, I am changing direction and moving on. Later this year, I start as an Associate Professor teaching journalism as part of Harvard University’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences," she posted on the micro blogging site.

Several prominent journalists and some politicians had also congratulated her on the career change.

The former NDTV anchor, who hosted the programme Left, Right and Centre, in a tweet revealed that she has not officially received a job offer to join Harvard University as Associate Professor of Journalism and that perpetrators of the attack have used careful forgeries and misrepresentation to access her personal data.

I had been given to believe that I would be joining the University in September 2020. While I was making preparations to take up my new assignment in January 2021. Along with these delays, I began noticing a number of administrative anomalies in the process being described to me.

At first I had dismissed these anomalies as being reflective of the new normal being dictated by the pandemic, but recently the representations being made to me were of an even more disquieting nature. As a result, I reached out to senior authorities at Harvard University for clarity. Upon their request, I shared some of the correspondence that I believed I had received from the University.

After hearing from the University, I have now learnt that I have been the victim of a sophisticated and coordinated phishing attack.

Alarmed at the scale of the cyberattack, Nidhi Razdan has filed a complaint with the police and provided documentary evidence to help the probe in identifying and prosecuting the criminals.

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