Cyber crime doubles in Navi Mumbai in 2 years

Data from the Cyber Crime Cell reveals that the number of crimes such as Facebook scams and credit/debit card fraud has gone up significantly

With the number of cyber crimes nearly doubling in the satellite city in two years, police officials have asked citizens to take extra precautions to avoid falling prey to cyber criminals.

Stats reveal that credit/debit card fraud cases have nearly doubled every year since 2012. Representation Pc/Thinkstock
Stats reveal that credit/debit card fraud cases have nearly doubled every year since 2012. Representation Pc/Thinkstock

As per data available with the Cyber Crime Cell (see box), Facebook topped the list of platforms used to commit cyber scams and crimes in 2014. The stats also revealed that cases of credit/debit card fraud have nearly doubled every year since 2012.

Officials claimed that access to private information via hoax calls and e-mails was the primary reason behind the sudden rise in the number of cyber crime cases across Navi Mumbai.

Speaking to mid-day, Navi Mumbai Cyber Crime Cell in-charge, Inspector Pratibha Shendge said, “Criminals make hoax calls pretending to be loan agents and ask for bank details. Citizens who fail to verify such calls fall prey to cyber criminals.”

She added that a majority of the cyber crimes related to Facebook involved victims being blackmailed through fake accounts and morphed pictures. “Usually, in such cases, victims fall prey to their acquaintances. By tracking down the IP address, the department has solved over 70 per cent cases till date,” Shendge said.

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