Debit card fraud? Not EOW, head to cyber police station in Mumbai

In 2015, following differences between senior IPS officers in the Mumbai police, two separate cyber units were formed – one under the crime branch and one under the EOW

mumbai Updated: Feb 07, 2018 01:34 IST
Rahul Mahajani
Rahul Mahajani
Hindustan Times
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Many police officials thought the move diluted the powers of the once powerful crime branch.

All cases of cybercrime will now be probed by the cyber police station under the Mumbai crime branch, as the cyber unit of the economic offences wing has now been disbanded.

In 2015, following differences between senior IPS officers in the Mumbai police, two separate cyber units were formed – one under the crime branch and one under the EOW. While a senior official then wanted cybercrime and social service branch under the EOW, only a part of the cyber cell was put under the EOW.

Many police officials thought the move diluted the powers of the once powerful crime branch. The move also led to overlapping of work and jurisdiction, which many senior officials thought gave out confusing signals to lower rank police officials.

A senior official in the Mumbai crime branch said over the past few years, the work of EOW in its core area of economic crimes has increased manifold. Big cases such as NSEL and PAN cards among others, that involve several thousand crores, are being investigated by the EOW, leaving them with very little time for cybercrime.

Senior officials in the Mumbai police commissioner’s office felt it was only proper if the crime branch handled cybercrime, leaving the EOW with economic crimes.

For some years, the Mumbai police have been in the process of upgrading cyber police stations with new cyber cells and also giving them more personnel. Most of the personnel with EOW cyber cell have been merged with the Mumbai crime branch and even the cases have been transferred.

Mumbai man loses ₹30,000 to debit card fraud

A senior clerk from Jogeshwari lost Rs30,000 to a card cloning racket. The fraud came to light on January 31, after the 49-year-old received an SMS alert on his mobile phone, intimating him about the withdrawal. The victim went to the bank the next day and blocked his debit card. An enquiry with the bank revealed that the money was withdrawn from an ATM in Irla, Juhu.

The victim then approached Amboli police station and filed a complaint, based on which a first information report (FIR) was registered for impersonation and cheating under relevant sections of IPC and IT Act. He told the police that he had used his card to pay at shopping malls and other places.

UK national booked for rape makes fake FB profile of victim

A woman in her 30s has lodged a second FIR against a UK national for allegedly making a fake Facebook profile in her name and posting obscene comments calling her a pimp running a sex racket. The woman had filed a rape case against him last year.

According to the Powai police, the woman was in a relationship with the man for the past two years. She alleged in the FIR that the accused had promised to marry her and said they would start a business together in India. However, he went back on his marriage promise.

Following the betrayal, the woman lodged a FIR under rape charges against him at a police station in Thane city last year. In November last year, she saw an obscene comment made below an article written by her on a website. She then realized there was a fake Facebook profile in her name where the unknown person had posted more obscene comments calling her a pimp who runs a sex racket.

The woman ignored it but in December she received an email from a person who was using an email id made in her name. The email said he has objectionable pictures of hers which he will make public. The woman also received notifications from Gmail telling her that someone tried to sign in to her account.

The woman alleged that she strongly suspects that her ex-lover is behind this crime and is harrassing her to withdraw the case and to defame her.

Based on the allegations, the Powai police last week lodged a FIR under section 419 (impersonation), 509 (word, act or gesture insulting woman’s modesty) of the IPC and 66 C (identity theft) of the Information Technology Act against the accused. The police said they are gathering evidence to find out who is involved in the crime.

First Published: Feb 07, 2018 01:34 IST