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Pune sees 16% spike in cybercrime cases; 22,000 plaints in just 8 months | Pune News | #cybercrime | #computerhacker

PUNE: The city has seen a 16% rise in incidents of cybercrimes as of August 18 this year as compared to 2022, data from the police revealed.
According to the police, a total of 22,671 cybercrimes were recorded till August 18 as against the 19,500 registered last year.
The police said all types of cybercrimes — online cheating/frauds, ATM card frauds, online business frauds, oil and seed frauds, multi-level marketing fraud, social media crimes (defamation, abuse), hacking, data theft – have witnessed a spike.
With an aim to reduce the burden on the cyber police station, the Pune police in September last year constituted cyber cells in police stations and urged officers to register and probe cybercrimes. The cyber police had received just over 19,000 complaint applications in 2021.
Police stations along Ahmednagar Road recorded 5,890 cybercrimes while those along the Solapur highway recorded 5,697 cybercrime incidents. “The least number of cybercrimes – 1336 — were recorded in areas of zone I, which includes old parts of the city, Deccan and Shivajinagar,” said senior inspector Meenal Patil of the cyber police station, which received 3,699 complaint applications so far this year. Patil said 372 FIRs have been registered.
“We are yet to receive crime head-wise data from the police stations but after speaking with local police stations, we found that they too have recorded a large number of fraud and cheating cases,” she said.
The Cyber police recorded a maximum complaints – 492 – of fraud and cheating followed by 366 cases of defamation and abuse.
“We have received 182 complaints of online task frauds — 182 applications”, Patil said.
She said online task frauds have become a cause of concern as educated people, especially software professionals , are responding to messages of fraudsters and falling prey to scams.
Experts’ take
Cybercrime expert and investigator Sandip Gadiya told TOI, “The rise in cybercrimes, especially in cases of cheating and fraud, can be attributed to the greed of victims. Online fraudsters contact different ponzi schemes by promising celestial gains on a nominal investment luring people to invest their money. People do not consult experts, police and other authorities before transferring money to the fraudsters”.
Gadiya said he had spoken to many victims and most of them, especially in the IT sector, fear layoffs and hence are always on the lookout for alternative sources of income. “This is the reason many techies become easy victims of online fraud,” he added.
On social media crimes, the expert said most of the suspects in such cases are those who want to vent their anger out, harass people or mislead them. “The create fake and misleading accounts from which they abuse or defame people. It is very easy to track them down those people who try to conceal their identity on social media platforms,” he added.
Advocate Gaurav Jachak, who is also a cybercrime expert, told TOI, “People who have lost heavily to the cyber fraudsters are reporting cases to the police. However, there are many people who have lost relatively small amounts like Rs 5,000, Rs 8,000 and do not report the matter to the police.”
Jachak said post the Covid lockdown, people are more dependent on online things. “They do not like to visit shops or offices and end up contacting fraudsters, who in turn cheat them,” he added.


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