Cybercrimes up by 16% in 2015
LACK OF AWARENESS Police claimed to have solved around 50% of these crimes, warn residents of online job offers
Cybercrime cases in the city rose by 16% in the past year, according to sources in Navi Mumbai crime branch.
The city cyber cell registered a total of 1,418 cases in 2015 as opposed to 1,223 cases in 2014. The police claimed to have solved around 50% of these crimes.
Lack of awareness among the residents is one of the main reasons behind this rise in cybercrimes, said sources in the police, who also said people were not showing interest towards the awareness campaigns conducted by the city police.
In 2015, lottery fraud cases rose by 60%. As many as 48 people were victims of lottery fraud last year against 30 people in 2014.
The police registered six data theft cases last year as opposed to four cases registered in 2014. Cases related to social media have also risen by 28%.
“One of the major problems is online cheating and illegal transaction. Culprits call victims on their mobile phones and introduce themselves as bank officials. They then ask for bank details on various pretexts. The unsuspecting victims share their details such as pin number and password, date of birth, card numbers and lose huge amounts of money. They get to know about the transaction only after receiving an SMS or e-mail from their banks,” said Pratibha Shendge, police inspector of Navi Mumbai cyber cell.
According to Shendge, this problem had seen a downward trend in the beginning of this year. However, they registered six such cases on Wednesday again.
Dilip Sawant, deputy commissioner of police (crime) said, “Many culprits lure their prospective victims with job offers, tour packages and so on through e-mail or SMS. If victims show interest in their offers, the fraudsters ask for money deposited into their bank accounts. After receiving the money, they stop receiving the victims’ calls.”
“People should not to respond to such offers where they are asked to pay a huge amount of money in advance. They should not share their credit card and debit card details, passwords and secret numbers with any outsiders for their own safety,” he added.
Cases of abusing calls and text messages have also increased noticeably. A total of 92 such cases were registered in 2015 against 65 cases registered in 2014.
Several incidents have taken place in the city, wherein cyber thieves hacked into unprotected WiFi systems and sent threat mails. One such mail had been sent from a housing society in Sanpada a few minutes before the Ahmedabad bomb blasts in 2008. Anti-Terrorist Squad (Mumbai) later detected the case and arrested the culprits who had hacked the WiFi system.
“Last year, we conducted a special drive to check unprotected WiFi systems. A similar drive will be started soon to ensure that all wireless internet systems are secured,” Shendge said.