Data | With awareness levels rising in urban pockets, cybercriminals are now targeting non-metropolitan areas

Cyber ​​fraud against bank customers saw a steady increase in non-metropolitan areas in 2021, while among cities with populations over 2 million, the number of cases stagnated

Cyber ​​fraud against bank customers saw a steady increase in non-metropolitan areas in 2021, while among cities with populations over 2 million, the number of cases stagnated

With awareness levels improving in urban pockets, cybercriminals are increasingly targeting bank customers in non-metropolitan areas, according to the latest data from the National Crime Records Bureau. Fraud related to credit/debit cards, OTP, online banking and ATMs all saw a steady increase in non-metropolitan areas in 2021, while among cities with more than 2 million inhabitants, the number of cases has stagnated. This growing trend needs to be watched closely given the growing number of bank accounts and the subsequent proliferation of credit/debit cards and mobile wallets in rural areas following the various financial inclusion policies undertaken by the government in recent years. . Worryingly, around 25% of cyber fraud investigations by the police are closed and the final report indicates “confirmed cases but insufficient or not found evidence or no clues”. And even of the few cases that are indicted and make it to court, less than 1% end in convictions. So, often in such cases, prevention is better than cure.

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True but no proof

In 2021, between 17 and 31% of cyber fraud cases were closed by the police, with the final report mentioning “proven cases but insufficient or no evidence found or no clues”, and only 4 to 10% ended up being put. in examination. An overwhelming share of cases remain pending investigation.

Physical offenses

In 2021, the share of cases cleared by the police as “true but insufficient or not found or no clue” evidence varied between 3 and 13% in violent crimes. The average for all ICC crimes is 12%. This comparison highlights the fact that when it comes to cybercrimes, the police have to deal with digital evidence and therefore find it more difficult to prosecute than physical crimes.

wrong beliefs

In 2021, the share of cyberfraud cases resulting in convictions varied between 0 and 0.8% and the share of cases resolved varied between 0.2 and 1.4%. A large part of the cases remained pending at the end of the year.

Source: NCRB

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