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Fraud, sexual harassment top list of motives

Among the most common motives for cybercrime are fraud and illegal gains, reveal the crime statistics released by Maharashtra government.

mumbai Updated: Aug 07, 2013 10:24 IST
Saurabh M. Joshi

Among the most common motives for cybercrime are fraud and illegal gains, reveal the crime statistics released by state government on Monday.

Experts said most of the cyber crimes are committed by persons in the age group of 13 and 30 years, involving college students and young adults, which hints towards the need for increased awareness to help set the right mental attitude among netizens.

The statistics for 2012 state that Mumbai Police have registered 63 cases of illegal gains and fraud, followed by Pune where 21 such incidents have taken place. Navi Mumbai and Thane police registered 14 cases each involving frauds.

The other most rampant incidents involving cyber offences are online sexual harassment, in which Pune city topped with 36 cases, followed by Mumbai where 15 such cases were registered.

“Thirteen to 30 year olds are the most cyber-savvy group, and there have been incidents in the past where persons in this age group have been involved in fraudand harassment-related cybercrimes.

To check the rise in numbers, education seminars and awareness campaigns should be conducted on a larger scale in schools and colleges. Also, similar steps in private and public organisations would help correct the attitude of potential criminals at the right time,” Vicky Shah, a cyber expert, told HT.

Another aspect worth considering is that there are vast differences in cyber policing in different cities.

In the Mumbai commissionerate for instance, the police first accept an application in connection with a cybercrime-related complaint, and a case is registered after the investigation is concluded and the accused is nabbed.