More fall prey to cybercriminals this year in Mumbai

  • Vijay Kumar Yadav, Mumbai
  • Updated: Dec 08, 2015 17:35 IST

October’s case of a 45-year-old senior vice-president of a multiplex giant being cheated by a prospective groom she met on a matrimonial site was an eye-opener.

It showed that the cybercriminals can trick even the educated working-class people.

By the time the Dahisar resident realized that the UK-based Indian was a fraud, she had lost Rs1.01 crore.

Hundreds of people like her are being cheated by cybercriminals every day.

Till November this year, 748 cases of cybercrime were registered across the city and last year’s figure was 524.

A total of 169 cases were reported in 2013 and 62 in 2012.

The statistics indicates that maximum cases involve credit or debit card frauds, which jumped from the 158 cases last year to 255 this year. Most of these crimes took place after ‘vishing calls’ in which a fraudster calls a person posing as a bank executive and on the pretext of verification gets the card details and PIN and then makes online purchases.

This modus operandi has become very common and cyber fraud cases are increasing.

The ‘vishing calls’ has become a headache for the police as unsuspecting people fall prey to fake bank officials.

“This kind of cyber frauds can only be prevented once our banks start telling their customers not only how to use debit and credit cards, but also how to prevent its misuse,” said additional commissioner of police (crime) KMM Prasanna.

The police claimed that the crime figures have shot up because they have started registering every incident reported to them, even if the fraud involves an amount of Rs3,000.

The police also observed that most cybercrimes involving money is ultimately linked to data theft. Cybercriminals use personal data of people after obtaining them by fraudulent means and then use them to gain a victim’s trust while obtaining his/her card’s confidential details.

Police sources said professional gangs steal data from banks, financial institutions, recruitment companies, insurance companies, social networking sites job portals and so on.

Cyber experts said that very little is being done to secure data.

“Banks are doing nothing to ensure fraudsters do not get hold of the data. Corporates are no exception. They don’t even report the matter to the police,” said cyber expert Vijay Mukhi.

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