Visakhapatnam: Nearly 70 per cent of the victims of cybercrimes in Andhra Pradesh were tech-savvy and educated, while those caught committed the offence mostly to satiate their greed for money.
Police said at least 30 to 40 per cent of the victims in the virtual frauds were either under graduate or post graduate and over 20 to 30 of them were working professionals. Only 10 to 20 per cent victims were Class-X qualified. Speaking to TOI, ADCP (CCS), D Sravan Kumar said the cybercrimes are mostly committed by youngsters who are tech-savvy. Ironically, the majority of the victims of the cybercrimes were also educated and tech-savvy. It’s greed for easy money that drives youngsters to commit cybercrime while it is ignorance, greed and a few others that make the educated people victims of cyber fraud.
A senior police officer with the cybercrime wing said educated and tech savvy youngsters have been falling prey to cybercrimes such as online job fraud, online lottery fraud and a few others while the educated people in the middle age group are becoming victims of vishing and phishing scams (‘One Time Password’ frauds).
The cybercrooks duped Vizagites to the tune of over 9.3 crore in 2021 by luring them with fake promises such as ‘earn money from home’ and others. The number of cybercrimes in Vizag city decreased by 13.5 per cent in 2021 when compared to 2020. But the cyber criminals stole over 50 per cent more money in 2021, compared to 2020.
With technology becoming a silver lining during Covid-19 after personal interactions and businesses moved online and remote mode, cyber crooks have been adopting innovative methods to dupe netizens. Ironically, the educated and tech-savvy people are turning victims of the cyber frauds. “We have been organising awareness drives, but the number of cybercrimes has been increasing,” said a senior police officer.
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