Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

Bhubaneswar: Cyber crimes are on the rise in Odisha as 629 people collectively lost Rs 84,78,394 to various cyber frauds in the State last month, informed the Commissionerate police’s Cyber Help Desk on Thursday.

However, the police could manage to recover a little over Rs 2 lakh rupees from the fraudsters.

According to sources, as many as 629 people in the State had registered complaints with the Cyber Help Desk to redress cyber crime-related cases in March.

Out of the 629 cyber fraud cases, a total of 310 cases were reported from the Capital City alone. Most of the victims were duped after sharing OTP and UPI codes.

However, after investigation police managed to recover only Rs 2,53,647 from the cyber frauds.

“Cyber fraud cases in the State during March included 170 UPI frauds and 80 credit/debit card frauds,” said a police official.

“People who fell prey to such crimes had received calls from different criminal syndicates operating from Deoghar, Bihar, West Bengal, Rajasthan, Jharkhand and Kerala. Police have been able to block few transactions and SIM cards which the cybercriminals used to dupe people,” he added.

It is worth mentioning that as many as 1207 people had lost over Rs 1.4 crore to various cyber frauds in the State during the month of February this year.

Out of the 1207 cases, a total of 368 cyber fraud cases had been reported from Bhubaneswar alone.

Worried over the spate in cyber frauds, the Commissionerate police had launched a special helpdesk and helpline number in January to initiate immediate action against the offenders.