Ghaziabad, Noida account for over 30% of cybercrime in UP, IT Security News, ET CISO
The Union ministry of home affairs had launched NCCRP for the reporting of such crimes in January 2020. Till July-end, a total of 49,779 complaints have been recorded from UP.
Data from the UP Police cyber cell shows that while Ghaziabad has reported the maximum complaints — 7,644 (15.36%) — GB Nagar comes a close second at 7,633 (15.33%), followed by Lucknow at 5,600 (11.6%).
As many as 2,719 complaints have been reported from Kanpur (5.5%), 1,900 from Prayagraj (3.8%), 1,700 from Varanasi (3.4%) and 1,400 from Meerut (2.8%).
Lucknow SP (cybercrime) Triveni Singh told TOI that a similar trend has been witnessed in complaints received on the national helpline for reporting cybercrime and financial fraud, 155260.
“Ever since the 155260 helpline was made operational recently, over 4,000 calls have already been received from UP. The maximum complaints have originated from Ghaziabad, followed by Gautam Budh Nagar,” he said. Due to the helpline, fraudulent transactions worth about Rs 75 lakh have been stopped by UP Police till now, he added.
3 types of fraud being reported
The maximum number of complaints that are being received on the portal and helpline from UP are of financial fraud through online transactions.
Cases of fraud via social media platforms and online shopping platforms also make up a large chunk of complaints, followed by ransomware attacks and fraud related to cryptocurrency, Singh said.
“Almost 50% of the complaints are of financial fraud, where complainants are being duped by callers pretending to be representatives of various companies and government agencies. They cheat the complainants by asking for the OTP or making the latter click a link, after which money is deducted from bank accounts through online transactions,” the SP said.
A senior officer of the UP Police cyber cell said blackmail with threats of posting private photos or videos on social media and seeking money by creating fake IDs of the complainant’s friends or government officials have become very common, especially during the lockdown.
“Moreover, cases of fraud on online shopping platforms, where a product is bought online but no delivery is made, are also being reported. Some ransomware attacks and frauds via cryptocurrency like Bitcoin have also been reported,” the officer said.
Most of the complaints from Ghaziabad and GB Nagar are of social media fraud. Some ‘high-tech’ fraud cases have also been reported, including ransomware attacks and dealings in cryptocurrency. Other UP districts have largely reported financial fraud cases.
If a person has suffered a financial loss due to fraud, he/she should immediately call the helpline 155260 and report the matter so that the money can be recovered, police said. “A call at 155260 is handled by the state police concerned with the help of the citizen financial cyber fraud reporting and management system,” said Baljeet Singh, who is in charge of the GB Nagar cyber cell.
The system, which has been developed by the Centre to integrate law enforcement agencies, banks, wallets and other financial intermediaries, enables every state to share a particular complaint and notify the bank, wallet and online merchant concerned. Complainants can also contact the cybercrime help desk by dialling 112, police said.
“After dialling 112, they can inform police about the crime. The call will be transferred to the help desk at the cyber cell headquarters in Lucknow. Dedicated officers have been deployed to answer such calls,” SP Singh said.