Journalist and former NDTV anchor Nidhi Razdan on Friday said, in a statement issued on Twitter, that she has been a victim of a sophisticated phishing attack that made her a fraudulent job offer to teach at Harvard University.
This comes barely six months after she announced on social media that she would be leaving NDTV to teach at Harvard University, where was purportedly offered the position of an Associate Professor at the university’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
However, after inordinate delays in the posting and ‘administrative anomalies’ in the process, she finally reached out to Harvard University, only to be told that she was a victim of a major scam.
Razdan said she has now filed a police complaint to ‘get to the bottom of this attack’.
“In June 2020 and after 21 years with NDTV, I decided to move on and said that I would be joining Harvard University as an Associate Professor of Journalism,” said Razdan in her tweeted statement.
“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.”
She said that she had, at first, dismissed the irregularities 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”. After this, the journalist said she contacted the 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,” the statement said.
“After hearing from the University, I have now learnt that I have been the victim of a sophisticated and coordinated phishing attack. I did not, in fact, receive an offer by Harvard University to join their faculty as an Associate Professor of Journalism.”
“The perpetrators of this attack used clever forgeries and misrepresentations to obtain access to my personal data and communications and may have also gained access to my devices and my email/social media accounts.”
Razdan has also written to Harvard University authorities and urged them to take serious note of the matter.
“In the past few days, I have written to individuals and organizations with whom I have been in touch with over the past few months to keep them informed of this shocking development,” it read. “I hope that the police are able to get to the bottom of this attack on me at the earliest and help me bring this unsavoury incident to a swift end.”