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India stands third among top 20 cyber crime victims
Posted On : Monday, February 24, 2020, 5:02 PM
The Internet Crime Report for 2019, released by USA’s Internet Crime Complaint Centre (IC3) of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, has revealed that India stands third in the world among top 20 countries that are victims of internet crimes. As per the report, excluding the USA, the UK tops the list with 93,796 victims of internet crimes followed by Canada (3,721) and India (2,901). The report states that in the USA, a total of 4,67,361 complaints with losses exceeding USD 3.5 billion were reported. While email is still a common mode to commit cybercrime, frauds are also being committed through text messages or even fake websites using a tactic called pharming, says the IC3.
Nearly 6,900 cases of online banking frauds registered in 2017-18: Govt
Posted On : Wednesday, February 5, 2020, 11:31 AM
Nearly 6,900 cases of online banking frauds were registered in the country in 2017-18, the Lok Sabha was informed on Tuesday. Union Minister of State for Home G Kishan Reddy said with the rapid increase in use of cyberspace, the number of cybercrimes is also increasing. "As per data maintained by the National Crime Records Bureau, 3,466 and 3,353 cases of online frauds were registered in 2017 and 2018, respectively," he said replying to a written question. Reddy said in order to prevent online frauds and protect users, the Ministry of Home Affairs has taken several steps, including formation of an Inter-Ministerial Committee on Phone Fraud (IMCPF).
Couple held for cheating people through fake maid agency
Posted On : Wednesday, January 22, 2020, 10:34 AM
A man and his wife have been arrested for allegedly cheating people on the pretext of providing them domestic help, in south-east Delhi’s Kalkaji, the police said. They used to charge a hefty amount for providing the help, who used to flee after stealing valuables from the house, an officer said. Both Gaurav Mandal (24) and his wife Sita (22) were nabbed following a tip-off from Tughlakbad Village, they said. On Saturday, a woman lodged a complaint alleging that she had hired a domestic help from an agency — Greater Kailash Maid Service — through its owner, Gaurav. She said that at 2.40 p.m., a man named Chandu came to her house with Sita and introduced her as a help. “Chandu took Rs 33,000 from the complainant as commission. At 7 p.m., the help left the house without the complainant’s knowledge. The victim later found that no such maid service agency existed,” said DCP (South-East) Chinmoy Biswal.
Online sexual exploitation cases rise, card fraud dips
Posted On : Saturday, January 11, 2020, 9:33 PM
Cases of sexual exploitation online rose 33.1% while card frauds dipped 21.7% in cybercrimes registered in the city in 2018 as compared to the year before, an analysis of the latest NCRB data shows. Overall, cyber offences climbed by 8.1% from 1,362 in 2017 to 1,482 in 2018 in Mumbai, meaning it had the second most cases (after Bengaluru with 5,253), but when it came to the crime rate (offences per lakh of population) it dropped to fifth position among cities, said the National Crime Records Bureau report for 2018. Analysis of the cases filed in the city showed 305 cases of sexual harassment were registered in 2018 against 204 in 2017 - the maximum in the country by a long margin - and card fraud cases fell from 446 in 2017 to 349. Overall, cases of fraud rose marginally from 864 in 2017 to 892 in 2018.
Two held for posing as builders, cheating homebuyers
Posted On : Friday, January 10, 2020, 3:34 PM
Two people who pretended to be builders and cheated homebuyers have been arrested by Central Crime Branch (CCB) officers. They had obtained loans to the tune of Rs 20 crore from different banks and had remained elusive for over a year. Investigations revealed the duo, who posed as builders, used to lure prospective buyers by showing them under-construction buildings and receiving advance payments from them "They opened fake bank accounts in the names of the original property owners and obtained loans by creating bogus sale deeds. They cheated both banks and homebuyers,” police said.
171 hospitals de-listed for fraud under PM-JAY
Posted On : Monday, January 6, 2020, 6:11 PM
The Centre’s ambitious healthcare insurance scheme — Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (PM-JAY) — under the National Health Authority (NHA) has noted that as per details provided by the States, more than 390 hospitals of the over 19,000 empanelled have been served show cause notices/suspended/de-empanelled across nine States for alleged fraud. Of these, 171 hospitals have been de-empanelled. FIRs have been lodged against six hospitals in Uttarakhand and Jharkhand. The quantum of penalties levied on the listed hospitals is more than Rs 4.6 crore
4 held for cyber fraud in Hyderabad
Posted On : Friday, January 3, 2020, 7:25 PM
The Cyberabad Crime Station (CCS) police have arrested four people for siphoning money from the customers of the popular e-commerce sites Amazon and Flipkart. The gang is learned to have stolen customer's data by learning one-time passwords through telemarketing and allegedly made transfers from their bank accounts. They are being questioned by the police. On August 28, 2019- the Cyber Crime police arrested four people for cheating bank officials. The police seized a car, Rs 3 lakh cash and seven mobile phones, cheque books, ATM cards and bank passbooks from them.
Pune cyber crime police see spurt in cases of UPI-based payment frauds
Posted On : Thursday, January 2, 2020, 7:28 PM
The cybercrime police of Pune have seen a spurt in the number of cases involving homegrown method of Unified Payment Interface (UPI)-based payments in the city. While there are multiple ways deployed to dupe gullible users, the problem arises especially with platforms that provide an option to generate payment requests. UPI-based payment options Google Pay and PhonePe are extremely popular in the country. The facility of generating payment requests on a few UPI platforms is being used by fraudsters to cheat victims, say officials of the Pune city cyber police. In four cases, one of the above-mentioned two UPI-based payment options, was used as a mode of committing fraud after convincing the victim to download the application for smoother transactions. In all four cases, the victims had registered a household item for sale on an e-commerce platform.
Bank frauds rise to record Rs 1.13 lakh cr in H1 FY20
Posted On : Monday, December 30, 2019, 9:03 AM
Frauds reported by banks during the first half of the current fiscal touched an all-time high amount of Rs 1.13 lakh crore, owing to delay in detection by lenders, according to an RBI report. This involved 4,412 fraud cases of Rs 1 lakh and above, as per the report. In FY19, banks had reported 6,801 cases of fraud involving Rs 71,543 crore. "An analysis of the vintage of frauds reported during the FY19 and H1 FY20 shows a significant time-lag between the date of occurrence of a fraud and its detection," RBI's Financial Stability Report said. The amount involved in frauds that occurred between FY01 and FY18 formed about 90.6% of the frauds reported in 2018-19 in terms of value.
Hyderabad: 14,000 cyber crimes this year, 23 solved
Posted On : Friday, December 27, 2019, 7:24 PM
With Hyderabad becoming increasingly digitised, cyber crimes too have proliferated. According to CCS records, about 14,000 cases have been booked till November end. A mere 23 of these cases have been solved and four of the accused arrested. Speaking to the media, joint commissioner of police (detective department) Avinash Mohanty said: “A substantial number of cyber crime cases has been registered. I don’t think the number will come down in the next few years. These crimes will continue proliferating till penetration of digital technology gets stabilised.” Investigators need expertise and skill to crack these frauds. Some of them require considerable effort and time. “We are maintaining a database of phone numbers and bank accounts through which frauds have been committed. We are sharing the same with a lot of agencies. This is helping us keeping tabs on new cases,” Mr Mohanty stated.
GST fraud worth Rs 900 crore busted
Posted On : Thursday, December 26, 2019, 6:45 PM
A GST fraud of a whopping Rs 900 crore in which input tax credit to the tune of Rs 152 crore was availed in Tamil Nadu has been busted, a top official of the Directorate General of Goods and Service Tax Intelligence said. In one of the major operations, the sleuths of DGGI, Chennai Zonal Unit (CZU), carried out a search on 19 and 20 December at multiple premises in the state and unearthed the fraud of about Rs 900 crore. A string of firms was created and GST registrations were done for them using identity documents of gullible people, Principal Additional Director General, CZU, DGGI, K Anpazhakan, said in an official release. Fake invoices were issued by such fictitious firms and fraudulent input tax credit of around Rs.152 crore was availed by various firms, he said.
Maharashtra unearths huge fertiliser adulteration scam
Posted On : Monday, December 23, 2019, 6:48 PM
The Maharashtra government has unearthed the large-scale adulteration of complex or mixed fertilisers, which are used for specific crops. These fertilisers caused wrongful gains to the seller syndicate and losses to farmers, it said. A senior officer, in an affidavit before the Bombay High Court, said that farmers’ suicides have been due to poor yields. One of the reasons for the poor yield was substandard or bogus fertilisers, spurious organic fertilisers and inferior quality insecticide. The affidavit was filed in September in connection with litigation before the Aurangabad bench.
Money siphoned in cyber fraud finds way to Jan Dhan accounts
Posted On : Saturday, December 21, 2019, 4:53 PM
When a South Delhi businessman recently filed a complaint that he had been duped of Rs 9 lakh by cybercriminals, cops thought they had one more routine case to crack. But they were in for a surprise. Investigation revealed that the money siphoned off through a Unified Payments Interface (UPI) link was credited into four Jan Dhan accounts opened in the names of labourers in Jharkhand's Jamtara district. It was later withdrawn using duplicate thumb impressions. The police then contacted the account holders. One of them disclosed that some people, who claimed to be bank officials, had approached him and taken copies of documents like Aadhaar, ration and BPL cards, besides his thumb impression. They said this was to open his account under the Jan Dhan scheme.
2 foreign nationals held for cloning credit cards
Posted On : Friday, December 20, 2019, 7:15 PM
Two Nigerian nationals, including a former priest have been arrested for allegedly cloning debit and credit cards, the police said. The accused have been identified as Oluwatoyin and Nosa Tony Lawani. During interrogation, the police said, it was revealed that a Bulgarian national namely Eris used to steal the debit and credit cards data by placing skimmer devices and hidden cameras in ATMs and after decoding the ATM card numbers, he would send this data to Oluwatoyin to paste it on empty cards. Nosa used to assist Oluwatoyin in pasting this data on the cards available with him with the help of a magnetic strip reader and writer machine. Thereafter, they used to withdraw money with these cloned cards.
73% cyberattacks occur on Microsoft Office products: Report
Posted On : Thursday, December 19, 2019, 11:39 AM
Microsoft Office products were the most commonly exploited by cybercriminals around the world and nearly 73% of cyber exploits were performed in MS Office products in the third quarter of this year, a new report has said. According to information gathered by PreciseSecurity.com, other exploited applications by cybercriminals included browsers and operating systems, among others. MS Office products were followed by Browsers with 13.47% of the total number of exploits by cybercriminals, Android with 9.09%, Java with 2.36%, Adobe Flash with 1.57% and PDF with 0.66%.