Hyderabad: Amidst the Covid-19 situation across the country, cybercrime cops are facing a tough time nabbing offenders, with most of the accused based in Delhi, Jharkhand, Rajasthan and West Bengal. This has impacted the percentage of cases detected by the teams during the lockdown.
Over 300 cybercrime cases have been registered across the city, including all three commissionerates, this year.
“Each team who is sent to Northern states stay for at least for two to three weeks and take up at least five cases to investigate there. But due to the pandemic, travel is the biggest issue. We have strong clues for nearly 60% of the cases, but due to transportation, those cases are on hold,” said Rachakonda cybercrime ACP, S Harinath.
Last year, nearly 1,200 cases were reported, while nearly 40% of the cases were detected. “When it comes to offenders from the Telugu states, we can travel on vehicles by road to nab the offenders. In cyberbullying and cyberstalking cases, the detection is close to 80%,” added the officer.
In most cyberstalking cases, the offenders have been found to be a known person to the victims and are from the state. “When it comes to marketplace fraud, KYC fraud and other financial fraud, most accused are traced to Rajasthan, Jharkhand, West Bengal etc.,” said a police source from cybercrime cell, further stating over Rs 30 lakh has been lost in these cases, with the amount lost ranging from Rs 10,000 to Rs 5 lakh.
“When a person sees an iPhone selling for Rs 18,000, they fall into the trap and send the money, thinking it is a good offer. The accused even lure victims stating they have won an SUV after shopping online or lottery on TV shows. During the lockdown, most of the frauds identified were KYC updates of PayTM,” added the officer.