Bangalore, the IT capital of India, is also becoming a hotspot for cyber crime and fraud. According to the latest data from the Bengaluru City Police, the city has lost Rs 470 crore to cyber fraudsters in the last nine months. The most common types of cyber frauds are job scams, online investment schemes, fake lottery offers, and phishing emails.
One of the most shocking cases of cyber fraud in Bangalore was revealed last month, when the cyber crime police arrested six people who were running a massive fraud network across India. The network was allegedly operated by Dubai-based masterminds who used social media to lure people to invest small amounts for high returns. The money was then transferred to gaming apps, cryptocurrency, online casinos and payment gateways, where it was encashed by the fraudsters.
The cyber crime police also busted a network of cyber scamsters who were posing as traffic policemen and cheating people on the pretext of paying their dues. The scamsters used an app that would send fake challans and payment links to the victims’ mobile phones. The victims would then pay the amount through online wallets or bank transfers, without realizing that they were being duped.
The cyber crime police have urged the public to be vigilant and cautious while dealing with online transactions and communications. They have advised people to verify the authenticity of any offer or request before making any payment or sharing any personal information. They have also asked people to report any suspicious or fraudulent activity to the cyber crime helpline number 155260 or the website www.cybercrime.gov.in.