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Faridabad sees alarming rise in online fraud cases

156 FIRs registered between January and April, 252 arrested

Faridabad sees alarming rise in online fraud cases

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Tribune News Service

Bijendra Ahlawat

Faridabad, May 9

An alarming surge in online fraud and cheating cases has been observed in the district this year, with 156 cases registered in the first four months alone. According to officials, around 3,500 complaints were addressed or resolved in the past 120 days, with the police arresting 252 suspects.

Spike due to rise in transactions, ignorance

  • Cyber police stations in Central Ballabhgarh and NIT received an average of 20 to 25 complaints daily during the first four months this year, indicating a significant increase in such crimes. Sources within the department reveal that this figure is nearly 50 per cent higher than in the corresponding period last year, attributed mainly to the growing use of online transactions and apps, coupled with a lack of awareness among consumers.
  • During this period, an average of 63 suspects were arrested each month, resulting in more than one cybercrime case being registered daily.

Cyber police stations in Central Ballabhgarh and NIT received an average of 20 to 25 complaints daily during this period, indicating a significant increase in such crimes. Sources within the department reveal that this figure is nearly 50 per cent higher than in the corresponding period last year, attributed mainly to the growing use of online transactions and apps, coupled with a lack of awareness among consumers.

During this period, an average of 63 suspects were arrested each month, resulting in more than one cybercrime case being registered daily. Approximately Rs 1.36 crore has been recovered or placed on hold in banks during this duration. Additionally, several interstate gangs have been dismantled in the past year.

Abhimanyu Goyat, ACP Cyber Cell, highlighted the modus operandi employed by criminals, including luring victims with promises of substantial profits or money through online tasks or games, refunds of lapsed insurance policies, instant loans, credit card limit increases, free gifts, KYC updates and government job appointments. Blackmailing based on obscene video calls to customers is also prevalent.

The accused have been known to use pictures of the victims’ known or close relatives on Facebook or Instagram IDs to solicit financial assistance. Fraudulent schemes such as offering free recharges or money for liking YouTube channels and subscriptions have also been reported.

Goyat emphasised the importance of awareness campaigns, urging individuals not to answer WhatsApp video calls from unknown numbers and refrain from sharing OTP or bank details with anyone. Calls from suspicious or spam numbers should be ignored or blocked.

All incidents of cybercrime should be promptly reported to 1930 or cybercrime.gov.in, as this facilitates freezing the bank accounts of cybercriminals and recovering funds for victims.

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