#cyberfraud | #cybercriminals | Odisha records most instances of women photos morphed online | Bhubaneswar News

BHUBANESWAR: Odisha registered 5 cyber offences, relating to defamation of women by morphing and circulating their photos on social media in 2017. The number may not be alarming, but the latest national crime records bureau (NCRB) report said the five occurrences were highest in the country.
According to the NCRB statistics, total 12 cases of cyber morphing/defamation under section 469 of IPC were reported across the country in 2017. While Odisha topped with 5 cases, Assam and Madhya Pradesh registered 2 each and Chhattisgarh, Gujarat and Maharashtra registered 1 each. Though the NCRB report did not specify the five cyber morphing cases in the state, police sources said three cases were registered in Bhubaneswar and one each in Nabarangapur and Jajpur districts.
The NCRB report showed a disturbing rise in overall registration of all kinds of cyber offences in the state in 2017. While total 317 cyber crime cases were registered in the state in 2016, it astronomically shot to 824 cases in 2017.
The NCRB placed Odisha in second place for witnessing largescale online banking frauds. While Maharashtra was on top with 345 online banking frauds, Odisha stood second with registration of at least 116 online banking fraud cases in 2017. ATM related fraud is equally worrisome in the state, the NCRB report highlighted. At least 168 ATM frauds were registered in the state in 2017, third highest in the country. Maharashtra and Bihar stood first and second with 598 and 324 cases, respectively.
“We found that almost all those online banking and ATM frauds occurred due to the negligence by the customers. They fell in the trap of fraudsters, who called them up in the guise of bank officials, and disclosed their password and PIN to the cheats. We made arrests in some cases,” the officer said.
Crime Branch’s additional director general of police Santosh Upadhyay said a number of awareness campaigns are being undertaken by the police and banks for safe online banking and ATM transactions. “Cyber offence, mostly online banking and ATM fraud can be checked to a great extent if people adopt adequate safety precautions,” Upadhyay said.

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