Cyber cell got avg 15 plaints every day in first 3 months - Times of India

Cyber cell got avg 15 plaints every day in first 3 months - Times of India





Chandigarh: On an average, UT police cyber cell received 15 complaints every day in the first 90 days of this year. Cyber cell’s data shows that 1,389 complaints related to monetary fraud, sending vulgar messages on phone, email hacking, and online cheating on pretext of selling / buying goods through websites were received, seven FIRs registered and one arrest made between January 1 and March 31.In the corresponding period last year, the cell got 1,532 complaints and registered eight FIRs. There were around 6,300 complaints and 80 FIRs in 2020.In the first three months of this year, as many as 369 people were duped while transacting online, through ATM / credit card cloning and after sharing PIN and other card details. With online shopping, cheating cases are also on the rise. The data shows the cell received 245 complaints of cheating, wherein complainants were conned while buying and selling products through OLX , Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp. There were 192 complaints of hacking, fake accounts on social media and Gmail. As many as 194 people gave complaints against harassment, threats, abusive calls as well as messages on cellphone and social media accounts. One hundred and forty-six residents were cheated on the pretext of providing job, winning online lotteries and providing online loans. There were 54 complaints of fraud while transacting through UPI.According to cyber experts and cops, most of those duped after sharing OTP were inexperienced in using online wallets. “People should know that if they have not conducted any online transaction through their Paytm account, they cannot get an OTP. Those getting OTPs on cellphones should not share these with unknown callers,” said police.Do’s and Don’tsAlways choose cash on delivery option while shopping onlineIgnore messages seeking money through FacebookCompanies and banks do not send messages about KYC update on cellphonesDo not share OTP, bank details and your personal details on ..