BENGALURU : It has been just eight months since the only Cyber Crime Police Station in the city was set up, but it has already registered the highest number of complaints among all the 110 police stations, with 1,500 cases as on November 15. This is also the highest in Kranataka, considering that it was established as recently as March 28 this year.
If petitions related to minor offences are also included, the number of cases exceeds 3,000.While the police station gives an avenue for victims of Internet fraud to seek redressal, the downside is that the police personnel have been able to detect only 73 cases so far—where a chargesheet has been filed or the case disposed of.
Data reveals that instances of Vishing or Voice Phishing, skimming and job frauds are more compared to other cases filed at this station. The Bengaluru Cyber Crime Police Station has only 22 police personnel. In fact, station inspector Yeshwanth Kumar is also given additional charge of the Central Crime Branch (CCB) Women and Narcotics Wing.
Social media crimes
Cyber crimes on social media such as revenge porn, morphing, misuse and misrepresentation of facts to defame a person have become common. Here too, only a few cases meet a logical end.
Cyber crime police officials say social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter do not respond to queries citing their privacy policies.
Moreover, delay on the part of the complainants in filing cases also affects the cases from being cracked, an official said. The cyber crime police station has not seen any modernisation. It depends on the only cyber laboratory of the state which is under the Criminal Investigation Department, the official added.