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CHANDIGARH: For online crooks, plastic money is the real thing! So much so that their misdeeds exceeded other cybercrimes recorded from January 1 to December 11 in the city.
In the more than 5,000 complaints – 5,556 to be precise – that the cybercell received in the nearly 12 months, a quarter of them (1,330) were related to debit and credit card fraud in which the defendants withdrew money by getting their hands on PINs, OTPs and other details of their victims. Next in line are vulgar messages and threats of phone and email hacking – 1,066. Next are 956 complaints of cheating when buying and selling products through OLX, Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp. A total of 708 complaints concerned fraud under the pretext of providing jobs, winning online lotteries and granting loans and 458 of Facebook / Instagram ID hacking and social media harassment.
The cyber cell received 186 complaints related to transactions through UPI in three months. Most people who got to share OTPs were inexperienced in using online wallets, according to cyber experts and cops. Police suggested people know that they won’t get an OTP when they haven’t done any online transactions through their Paytm or other wallets.
The cyber cell filed 65 FIRs from January to December 11, compared to 80 for the whole of 2020, when 6,537 complaints were received. No less than 4,793 complaints were received and 35 FIRs filed in 2019 and 3,167 complaints and 35 FIRs in 2018.
Cops said investigating cyber fraud cases takes time and is a long process. âWe are faced with issues such as taking account of account details of banks and telecommunications companies. Sometimes these entities take a long time to release the information, âthe cops said.
The cyber cell has 70 cops, including a DSP, an inspector, five sub-inspectors and 10 assistant sub-inspectors. The proposal to set up a separate cyber-cell police station has been pending with the administration since 2016.