nternet scams are on the prowl and the shame of being duped by a fraudster is so immense for the victim that very few report the crime. Even if they do, most trails go unearthed as scammers use fake identities or simply vanish without trace.
Fraudsters play on emotions and some more. They exploit our ability to make irrational decisions under the influence of emotions. Recently, Cyber Police saved south Kashmir man from being duped of Rs 2,00,000 by the fraudsters. The complainant did not mind to share the OTP which he had received shortly. The shopkeeper smelled foul play only when he received a message about debit from his account.
Our past experience with such probes tells us that in majority of the cases the culprits are never caught, but at the same time we should appreciate the efforts of Cyber Police Kashmir.
Online fraud is a huge menace and many people have been duped till date. There is this human propensity to become rich or famous overnight which these fraudsters exploit to the maximum. Some people involved in stock market also do get calls telling them that they earn millions within a span of some days.
In most of the cases though innocent victims are told that the caller is calling from the nearby bank and needs details of their debit card for updation of KYC forms.
The government needs to broadcast awareness through online media, radio, Television and newspapers. Besides, the banks can also create awareness events in this regard as part of Corporate Social Responsibility(CSR). The current establishment must take a proactive stand to this end.