ATM frauds, cybercrime worry Bhubaneswar cops

BHUBANESWAR: Massive awareness campaigns through police and banks notwithstanding, people continue to be at the receiving end of ATM frauds and on-line scamsters within the capital city. Statistics obtained through the commissionerate police point out that the awareness drives have had little affect on people.
Out of a total 90 cyber crime-related circumstances registered here in 2017, at least 45 fell beneath the kinds of fraudulent withdrawal of cash from ATMs and debit of cash thru unauthorized purchases on e-commerce platforms. In 2016, 56 cyber crime related circumstances have been registered, out of which 25 circumstances related to ATM theft.

"We have been sensitising people to follow precautions while withdrawing cash from ATMs. Unfortunately, many of them are falling prey to conmen," commissioner of police Y B Khurania mentioned. Police mentioned the sufferers, mostly a part of the trained and working population, have been maximum inclined after popping out of ATMs. "Our investigations found that many of the victims had not pressed the cancel button after the end of their transaction. We also scanned CCTV footages and found that there are some people who lurk behind the victims. They withdraw cash after victims leave the counters," another police officer mentioned.

He additionally mentioned they came across some circumstances where people disclosed their debit or bank card PINs to strangers on phones and later discovered that their money is being spent on e-commerce portals.

Though the commissionerate police registers all such circumstances, success in fixing them is narrow. The statistics report is silent on the choice of cyber offences - essentially ATM frauds - which have been cracked and the individuals who have been arrested.

Many sufferers due to this fact blame police for shoddy investigation into ATM theft circumstances.

"My uncle lost Rs 17,000 from his pension account nearly a year ago. A youth withdrew cash minutes after my uncle had made transactions at an ATM machine near Mancheswar area. Though the youth's face was captured by CCTV cameras, police are yet to arrest him," mentioned Taruna Biswal, a dealer.


Police mentioned they continuously stumble in tracing unidentified accused whose faces are recorded on CCTV digicam. "We have arrested some accused in the past. In some cases, we have already circulated CCTV photos of the accused in police stations across the state. At times, we face difficulties in identifying faces because of the poor quality of CCTV cameras in ATMs," another police officer mentioned.


Police mentioned additionally face hurdles in tracking some cellular and landline telephones which are used by conmen to get information on the credit or debit card PIN numbers of people.


"We find that the calls are traced to other states. Though we write to our counterparts in those states for assistance, we hardly get the technical support," the officer mentioned.


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