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Vikash Sharma

Bhubaneswar: It seems the fraudsters of Jamtara –infamous as the cybercrime capital of India– are now on the prowl and in search of their next target, this time in the smart city of Bhubaneswar.

The Commissionerate Police recently released a video and cautioned people to remain alert as the cyber fraudsters of Jamtara in Jharkhand are engaging unemployed engineers to commit various online frauds as part of their phishing scam.

In the video, the cops have warned people to stay away from callers who identify themselves as bank officials and seek various personal information with regard to their ATM/ Credit cards or bank account details.

The Commissionerate Police also highlighted an audio conversation on how innocents are being hoodwinked. In the video released, an unidentified person can be seen making a call to a common man by identifying himself as a staff of the State Bank of India (SBI). The caller is trying his best to win the confidence of the customer and sensing even a little trouble, the caller threatens him that his bank account/ ATM card will be closed. Using several tricks, the caller is trying to collect the 16-digit ATM card number as seen in the video.

It is pertinent to mention here that cases of cyber-crime in Odisha saw a big jump of 76 per cent in 2019 as compared to the previous year.

The cyber criminals are resorting to new techniques to swindle money from the accounts of gullible customers in different parts of the State.

Recently, cyber criminals were found opening fake Facebook accounts in the name of Police Commissioner Sudhanshu Sarangi and DIG (Investigation), Anup Sahoo and many other senior officials and celebrities to extort money from people.

(Edited By Devbrat Patnaik)

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