Pune: Experts working in the field of cyber crime have advised people to take precautions to save themselves from cyber fraudsters. Various cyber experts had gathered at AISSMS Institute of Information Technology near Pune RTO to spread awareness about cyber crime under the ‘#WEFIGHTCC’ initiative of Pune police.
Speaking at the event, Rushikesh Humbe of Career Corner Education Private Limited said that with the rapid rise in mobile and Internet penetration in India, handling cyber crimes should be a priority. “There are about 465 million Internet users in India and so there is a need to spread awareness about cyber crimes,” said Humbe.
Cyber experts stressed on proper usage of mobile phones and Internet as fraudsters will target people mainly through phone calls, messages and emails. Highlighting various case studies of cyber crimes, Manisha Zende, Police Inspector at Pune police’s Cyber Crime Cell (CCC), said, “A 17-year-old boy was nabbed by CCC for creating a fake profile on a social media site of a woman staying in his society. After investigation, we found that the boy wanted to know whether the woman was single or married and so had created a fake profile. In another case, the fake profile of a girl who was about to get married was created by a fraudster on a social media site. The fraudster morphed pictures of the girl and sent a friend request to the girl’s groom. These are a few incidents which highlight that anyone can be a victim of cyber crime, and hence we need to take adequate precautions,” said Zende.
Zende further said that people get phishing calls through mobile phones and so people must never share their passwords. “Similarly, people get lottery messages on phone. There have been cases of sextortion through phones and various others. One must never share any personal details with strangers,” added Zende.