Highlighting the prevalence of cybercrime across India, UP, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Gujarat also suffered significant financial losses. (Featured Image: Getty)
As law enforcement agencies battle rising cybercrime, Maharashtra leads the pack with losses of a staggering Rs 990.7 crore, followed by Telangana at Rs 759.1 crore
Indians lost Rs 7,488.6 crore to cyber fraud last year, the Home Ministry told Parliament on Tuesday. As agencies struggle to combat rising cybercrime in the country, Maharashtra leads the pack with losses of a staggering Rs 990.7 crore, followed by Telangana with Rs 759.1 crore.
Underscoring the prevalence of cybercrime across the country, other states like Uttar Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Gujarat also experienced significant financial losses with reported amounts reaching Rs 721.1 crore, Rs 661.2 crore, 662 .1 crore and Rs.650.5 crore. .
The alarming figures highlight the urgent need for enhanced cyber security measures and public awareness campaigns. Authorities are urging people to remain vigilant and report suspicious online activity immediately. The Ministry of Home Affairs said that the Citizen Cyber Fraud Reporting Management System received 11,28,265 complaints last year.
“The National Cybercrime Reporting Portal (https://cybercrime.gov.in) has been established as a part of I4C (Indian Cybercrime Coordination Centre) to enable the public to report… all types of cybercrime, with special emphasis on on … women and children,” the ministry wrote in its written response.
“Incidents of cybercrime reported on this portal, their conversion into FIRs and subsequent action… are dealt with by the concerned State/UT law enforcement agencies as per the provisions of the Act. The ‘Citizen Financial Cyber Fraud Reporting and Management System’ under I4C has been introduced to report financial frauds immediately and to stop siphoning of funds by fraudsters. Since (its) inception… more than Rs 1,200 crore have been saved in over 4.7 lakh complaints,” the MHA said.
The ministry further said that a toll-free number ‘1930’ is operational to help lodge online cyber complaints. According to the police, to date, the central government has blocked more than 3.2 million SIM cards and 49,000 IMEIs.