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Cyber Crimes: Part-time job offer top bait that victims of cyber crimes fell to Gurgaon: Cyber criminals swindled online users of at least Rs 33 crore in Jan | Gurgaon News | #cybercrime | #computerhacker

Gurgaon: Cyber criminals swindled online users of at least Rs 33 crore in Jan, with offers of part-time jobs and investment schemes the most successful baits that people fell for, an analysis of police data for the month shows. Gurgaon police received 3,519 complaints and registered 102 cases in Jan.“Scams usually start with a message from fraudsters posing as HR representatives. They entice the victims to follow or ‘like’ social media accounts or youtube videos, and initially send some paltry amount back to the users to gain their trust,” DCP (cybercrime) Siddhant Jain said on Monday.One of the cases filed last month was by an employee of Manesar Municipal Corporation, who allegedly lost Rs 1.1 crore to a cyber fraud.In the third week of January, he said he got a work-from-home offer to watch and like YouTube videos. The fraudster asked him to pay Rs 10,000 for registration. He kept investing as he was getting profitable returns, and paid Rs 1.1 crore in five days between Jan 19 and 24. The corporation employee realised by late Jan that it was a scam and approached cops.The DCP said another common fraud was to pose as a friend or family member and seek monetary help. Sonu Yadav, a resident of Kherki Daula, told cops he lost Rs 8,000 after someone with his friend’s WhatsApp display picture sent him a message, seeking help for a personal problem.“I called my friend on his actual phone and found out that I had been cheated,” Yadav said in the complaint.A homemaker in Rajiv Nagar, Neelam lost Rs 25,000 to a similar fraud. In her case, the fraudster was posing as her nephew and sought help for his son’s treatment. “We had arrested an offender from Meerut when I was SP of Mahendergarh for using my photo on a fake Instagram account and asking money from people. People should double-check the identity and ingenuity of the online user before transferring any money,” the DCP said.Increasingly common in cities, cybercrimes have emerged as a challenge for law and enforcement agencies world over.Police data shows that in 2023, Gurgaon police received a total of 23,356 complaints of cybercrimes. Of this, 23,356 complaints were resolved, and 600 FIRs were registered.A total of 650 suspects were arrested, and a nationwide analysis of police data found that these accused were likely involved in 46,822 cybercrimes reported across the country, leading to total losses of Rs 200 crore to citizens.


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