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Jamtara & beyond: Cyber fraud hubs sprout in North India towns | Kolkata News | #cybercrime | #computerhacker


KOLKATA: What started off as a cottage industry in Jharkhand’s Jamtara, is now a thriving business across north India’s towns.
Kolkata Police slueths tracking cybercrime have in recent times discovered that while Jamtara and Mewat area encompassing Rajasthan and Haryana gained notoreity after countless cyber frauds were traced to these regions, they have now spawned copycat hubs in Rajasthan’s Bharatpur, UP’s Mathura, Bihar’s Gopalganj, Jharkhand’s Dhanbad and Dumka and Bengal’s Kulti. Nuh in Haryana that is a part of the Mewat region also figures prominently on the list.
In some of these towns, training sessions are organised for novices, said joint CP (crime) Syed Waquar Raza.
The names of these towns emerged after an analysis of 610 cyber FIRs registered by Kolkata Police between 2021 and 2024. While around 20 cases each have been reported from Nuh, Bharatpur and Mathura, five to eight cases each have been traced to the other towns.
The Kolkata Police findings mirror a report prepared last year by a start-up incubated at IIT Kanpur that claimed 10 districts – Bharatpur, Mathura, Nuh, Deoghar, Jamtara, Gurugram, Alwar, Bokaro, Karma Tand and Giridih – contributed 80% of reported cybercrimes.
Kolkata: Among common factors identified by an IIT Kanpur study that contributed to rise of cybercrime in smaller north Indian towns are proximity to major urban centres and limited cyber security infrastructure.
“Sitting so far away, the accused do not profile their victims. They make fraud calls or send fraud messages randomly. Those who fall prey are mostly ones who lack cyber awareness or ones whose greed overcomes common sense,” said a Kolkata Police officer.
Kolkata Police’s analysis has also found that the average age of accused is always less than 35 years and several are repeat offenders. “It is not easy to trace repeat-offenders as someone arrested by us might be arrested a year later, by say Mumbai Police. The MHA is trying to create a common portal to trace repeat offenders,” the officer said.
“When people lose money, they often claim police are not doing enough. But crimes being committed from so far and in so many diverse locations needs days of tracking and monitoring,” he said and added that only rigorous awareness campaigns and cyber education could help law enforcement resources bring down cybercrimes.
In Kolkata, cops have identifies at least 50 LED display boards of traffic police, KMC and private organisations where safety messages will be displayed. “We are putting up dos and don’ts inside buses and autos and even malls. We are setting up a help desk in each police station,” said Raza. In addition, malls, schools and even banks and local private offices are being approached to help cops spread cyber awareness.



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