Cybercrimes have fallen by 40% in the first half of 2021 as in comparison with the identical interval final yr in town, say police.
In 2020, the whole quantity of cybercrime circumstances stood at 353. Of these, the circumstances reported between January and June 2020 stood at 187. From January 1 to June-end in 2021, the quantity of cybercrime circumstances stood at 100.
According to statistics obtained from the Cybercrime wing of the Visakhapatnam City Police, out of the whole circumstances, town reported 22 social media cybercrime circumstances in 2021 as towards 40 in the first half of 2020. Eleven circumstances associated to One-Time Password (OTP) fraud had been reported in 2021, whereas 22 such circumstances had been reported throughout the corresponding interval final yr.
As many as 25 circumstances of frauds associated to second-hand on-line buying/loans/jobs had been reported until June in 2021, whereas throughout the identical interval final yr, 57 circumstances had been reported. The metropolis additionally witnessed 29 circumstances of on-line monetary fraud until June this yr, as towards 65 circumstances in 2020. Thirteen lottery frauds had been reported in the first half of 2020 and 2021.
Attributing the decline to numerous components, Cybercrime Police Station Inspector R.V.R.Okay. Chowdhary stated, “Awareness programmes were intensified in the last few years, which helped greatly. We conducted a number of camps in educational institutions, offices, public places about the crimes occurring on social media. OTP frauds, online job frauds, second hand online shopping frauds have also come down drastically.”
Keeping in view the COVID-19 scenario and to make sure outreach of the notice programmes relating to cybercrimes, the police launched a particular YouTube channel referred to as Cybercrime Visakhapatnam City. Cybercrime Sub-Inspector Ravi Kishore stated that they’ve been creating movies on matters like OTP fraud, social media stalking, lottery fraud, and on-line buying fraud, and learn how to determine faux social media accounts, and importing it on to the channel.
Police employees themselves don the roles of actors, and shoot the movies utilizing numerous apps. The movies are slowly gaining recognition, Mr. Ravi Kishore stated.
“The outreach of the videos and the awareness programmes is encouraging. Many people are contacting us if they receive any fraud calls/messages or e-mails,” he added.
Social media frauds
Among the foremost crimes, social media frauds together with stalking have been an space of concern for the police, who’re exhorting the youth, particularly younger girls, to be extra cautious. Police stated that because of the lockdown and enhance in utilization of cellphones, such crimes might rise additional.
“There are two ways of approach here. In one case, a fraudster contacts an unknown woman, befriends her and then harasses her. In other cases, a boy or even a girl, who is a known to the person, threatens women with morphed photographs over an old grudge,” stated SI Ravi Kishore.
He additionally appealed to the youth to be careful for buddy requests despatched to them from faux profiles created in the title of their acquaintances on social media web sites.