Online scam thrives in Kerala: Malayalis losing an average of Rs 70 lakhs per day

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Thiruvananthapuram: Malayalis remain vulnerable to cyberattacks as they are losing an average of Rs 70 lakhs a day through various online scams. The cyber police are currently inundated with a daily influx of 80 to 90 complaints concerning these issues.

Online frauds have increased from 300 cases in 2021 to 600 in 2022. Cyber ​​Operations ADGP Thummala Vikram pointed out they have registered around 150 cases within the first six months this year alone.

According to cyber police, fraudsters are using various methods to extort money from people. Recently, fraudsters pretending as CRPF officials looking for a rented house embezzled around Rs 1 lakh from a government official in Thiruvananthapuram.

Meanwhile, the union and state governments have repeatedly warned banking institutions over threats posed by cyber fraudsters. However, cyber frauds continue to prevail. At the same time, it is alleged that Jamtara, a city in Jharkhand, is identified as a hot spot for cyber crimes in Kerala.

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