In the past ten days, cybercrime units in all three commissionerates have received over 600 petitions and registered 130 cases. Of them 58 cases pertain to OTP fraud, e-SIM fraud, KYC fraud where the victims have lost over Rs 1 crore.
According to Cyberabad inspector K Srinivas, in the past few months over 40% of complaints received by cybercrime units every day fall under such categories of fraud. “Most offences are committed by gangs operating from Jamtara and surrounding areas,” the inspector said. “They know police are not taking up too many interstate cases due to the pandemic,” said an investigator.
Rachakonda cybercrime inspector Laxmikanth Reddy said they are currently taking up interstate investigations only when they can travel by road. “Since the lockdown, we have made a few arrests from AP. The offenders from Jamtara area are targeting people by making them install remote access applications on the phone posing as customer care executives,” the inspector said.
Apart from KYC fraud, this week alone police have received seven complaints related to e-SIM fraud and investigators said that in almost all cases, evidence points towards Jamtara gangs. Cyberabad commissioner VC Sajjanar advised, “The phone number linked to bank accounts should not be used for any other purpose.”