Over 200 duped by cyber frauds in 2015
Over 200 duped by cyber frauds in 2015. In the first four months of the year, over 200 people have been duped in credit and fraud rackets in the city. The cops continue to naysay that most of these cases could have been prevented if they were more aware and alert.
Cyber crimes registered in Cyberabad during 2011 was only 31 and it has now drastically risen to 200 in four months in 2015
In the first four months of the year, over 200 people have been duped in credit and fraud rackets in the city. The cops continue to naysay that most of these cases could have been prevented if they were more aware and alert.
In a recent meeting, Home Minister Naini Narasimha Reddy revealed that while the number of cyber crimes registered in Hyderabad in 2011 was only 74, it has shot up to 373 in 2014. Similarly, the cyber crimes registered in Cyberabad during 2011 was only 31 and it drastically rose to 259 in 2014.
“Cyber crimes registered in Hyderabad and Cyberabad put together was 105 in 2011. It has gone up to 632 in 2014,” he explained. Revealing the steps being taken by the Telangana Government to contain the cyber crimes in the State, the Home Minister said apart from promptly registering and investigating these cases thoroughly, the police authorities have launched a massive public awareness campaign against these frauds and crimes.
“Apart from making these campaigns through media ads, the police also have been making frequent alerts through their websites,” he explained. On Sunday, a national TV channel reported a story about “Noorjahan, a victim of a fraud case, allegedly got a call from her bank in April asking her to renew her ATM card but when she refused, the caller told her that if she did not get it renewed, her card will be blocked.”
Noorjahan shared her card details including the PIN and CVV number as asked by the caller. A few days later when her brother Mohammad Ali went to the bank to withdraw money for his mother's operation, he found that his account was empty. They immediately registered a case with the police. "My sister did not know she gave the details, we had Rs 1.70 lakh only. We saved this money for my sister's wedding," Mohammad Ali said.
Fraudsters are duping honest citizens in the city posing as bank executives or bank call centre staff. The police have even received complaints about skimmers attached to ATM card slots to steal data. Ravi Varma, DCP, Central Crime Station, said that people should understand nothing comes for free and should be careful when people give tempting offer or calls are suspicious.
According to the police, 200 cases of fraud have been reported in the last four months alone. Since 2014, debit and credit card fraud cases have almost doubled. Various banks and police time and again have been raising awareness among people not to share any of their personal information, but people unknowingly fall in the trap. Hyderabad Police is concerned with the increasing number of cybercrime cases, but says only alert citizens can help prevent such crimes.
He added that cyber crimes, including detection of Nigerian frauds, are given high priority and the fraudsters were being tracked by cyber crime teams and there have been several breakthroughs in fraud cases. “Cyber Crime Wing of the CID is in touch with national agencies like NTRO (National Technological Research Organisation), CERT-In (Computer Emergency Response Team-India), Interpol and MHA to improve monitoring and coordinating detection of cyber crimes.
Cyber Lab is established in CID, Hyderabad with the objective to impart the required skills of investigation to the police. Further a digital investigation lab is also established for online and onsite investigation of cyber crimes for speedy detection of cases. Police personnel have been trained by Cyber Wing of CID in registration and investigation of IT Act case,” the DGP said. The DGP added that 49,791 cases were under investigation and 2.07 lakh cases pending trial in courts across the State.