Delhi: Cybercrime increased in lockdown, up more than 90%

In Delhi, especially in online fraud, the crime related to debit, credit card, e-wallet related, calling and phishing, and fraud related to internet banking has increased.

  • The graph of cybercrime in Delhi increased rapidly
  • 40 percent increase in complaints related to cybercrime

The lockdown was implemented in the country to prevent the spread of coronavirus infection, but during this time the silver of cybercriminals remained. During the lockdown, the graph of cybercrime grew rapidly in Delhi. While people did more and more online transactions in lockdown, cybercriminals made it their weapon.

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This can be gauged from the fact that the number of complaints about cybercrime during lockdown has increased by more than 90 percent. In comparison to last year, about 40 cases of such cybercrime were also reported this year. There has been more than a percentage increase.’

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In Delhi, online fraud, in particular, crime related to the debit-credit card, related to an e-wallet, calling and phishing, and fraud related to internet banking have increased. More than 50 percent of the complaints of financial fraud have been received by the police, while 20 percent for online harassment, 20 percent of the other types have also come to the police.

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More than 60 percent of the complaints received by the police have been received online. The reason for this is that during the lockdown, people approached the phone instead of going to the police and sent a complaint about email. About 49 percent more cases of cybercrime have been registered this year than last year.

Complaints came before lockdown

2020 January1260
2020 February1849
2020 March (till 24)900
Total Complaint4009

Complaints after lockdown

March 25 to April 303858
2020 May3430
2020, 15 June804

In such a situation, the Delhi Police has clearly said that it should avoid opening any suspicious e-mails and should not hide the information and links coming from other online mediums including social messaging app without investigation.

Police say that they use strong passwords and multilevel options for social media and banking activities. Do not share personal details with an unknown person.