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Cyber crimes on the rise in Noida

Experts at the Cyber Crime Cell said that most of the victims fall prey to schemes on phone calls and are easily tricked into sharing the details of their debit and credit cards. However, cases pertaining to hacking are very few in number, they said.

noida Updated: Jul 31, 2017 22:38 IST
Sohil Sehran
Sohil Sehran
Hindustan Times
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The Cyber Crime Cell in Noida.(HT File Photo)

Officials of the Cyber Crime Cell of Noida said that there has been a significant rise in the number of cyber crimes reported in Noida this year. As per the data available, 917 cases have been registered from January to June, whereas a total of 654 cases were registered in 2016, from January to December.

Experts at the Cyber Crime Cell said that most of the victims fall prey to schemes on phone calls and are easily tricked into sharing the details of their debit and credit cards. However, cases pertaining to hacking are very few in number, they said.

Of the 917 crimes reported this year, 723 are instances of people being cheated on the phone. “During the investigations, we found that these fake calls were made from areas in Delhi, such as Janakpuri, Dwarka, Dilshad Garden and Rajouri Garden. Those who made these calls were found to be previously employed at the call centres of the banks and were trained in assisting the public. Later, they left quit their jobs but still managed to access the data and phone number of the customers. These accused have the necessary skills to dupe their victims,” said Vivek Ranjan Rai, inspector, Cyber Crime Cell.

In 2016, people had complained of frauds through hacking, which has considerably decreased this year.

“Tracing the fraudsters is also a challenge for us. They dupe people through phone calls and then discard the equipment. Hundreds of SIM cards, registered on fake identification cards, are being used by them,” said Rai.

On June 23, three men involved in cheating people worth lakhs of rupees on the pretext of lucky draws and other schemes on the behalf of a shopping portal were arrested by the Noida police from New Delhi.

They were arrested after Home Shop 18, an online shopping portal, had filed a complaint alleging that some people were committing fraud and using the company’s name. The callers would inform their victims that they had won a lucky draw and ask them to deposit Rs4,000 to claim their winnings. Sometimes, they would also offer schemes for shopping for more than Rs4,000.

First Published: Jul 31, 2017 22:38 IST