‘Fraudsters playing on psychology of victims’

Sunil Pradhan
Saturday, 20 October 2018

“Fraudsters install fear in people’s minds that they will lose something if they do not respond quickly. This is the time when people should get alert and check for authenticity of the person, website in interaction with them,” said Raj.

Pune: With more than 80 per cent of cybercrime cases reported this year being related to economic crimes, experts have pointed out that fraudsters have started playing with the psychology of victims which is giving them an edge. The city police Cyber Crime Cell (CCC) has received over 4,434 cases of cybercrime of which nearly 80 per cent of the crimes involve people being cheated through different means.
 
As per the cases lodged with the CCC, 2,939 cases of fraud, 445 cases of business fraud and 133 cases of hacking were reported this year till October. Cyber expert Anil Raj of Cyber Vault Securities System Private Limited said that although people are more alert and come forward in case of cyber frauds, fraudsters are playing with peoples’ pyschology to lure them into their trap. 

“Fraudsters install fear in people’s minds that they will lose something if they do not respond quickly. This is the time when people should get alert and check for authenticity of the person, website in interaction with them,” said Raj.
 
“In case of debit card or credit card fraud the fraudster will tell the victim that they will lose their debit or credit card before phishing the victims’ details.

Similarly, fake websites or online buy and sell portals will ask the victim to part with their money at the earliest to grab the offer. This is where people fall into the trap,” added Raj. 

Another cyber expert said there is need for proper security and safety measures to be taken by people like installing antivirus, firewall, practising cyber hygiene and people should never pay in advance for any scheme. 

The CCC has been successful in securing Rs 3.93 crore of 150 victims of cybercrime frauds. 

The police officials said there is need for people to be alert to prevent such incidents.
 
An official from the CCC said debit and credit card frauds can be brought in control by people if they do not share their details.
 
“However, people are now being frequently cheated through online methods targeting those shopping, searching for jobs or searching for their life partner. While people are searching online, they must understand that it is a virtual world and not real one and so should deal with it cautiously,” added the official.

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