Chandigarh—If the law-breakers are getting sharper in covering their tracks, the Haryana Government had armed its police force with scientific tools and modern techniques to break into their protective hid-outs and nail them. The Crime and Criminal Tracking Network and Systems (CCTNS), the flagship project was in place and paid dividends.
After the incidents of online frauds came to light, the Haryana Police has deactivated 392 mobile Sim cards issued on fake and forged documents during the last one month between May 12 and June 15, 2020.
While giving this information here today, Additional Director General of Police (Law and Order), Navdeep Singh Virk informed that Cyber Crime Unit, after a thorough probe during this period, had identified a total of 685 mobile SIMs which are found to be issued on fake and forged documents by the cellular service providers.
To get these mobile numbers deactivated, the Department of Telecommunications, Government of India was approached as a result of which 392 mobile numbers have been deactivated by the cellular service providers.
It has been noticed that cases of online frauds are increasing and gullible people are being cheated by fraudsters. All such fraudsters often carry out their illegal activities by obtaining Sim cards on fake ID proofs to evade arrest.
Highlighting certain precautionary measures, Virk said that Cybercriminals are constantly looking for ways to make money at others’ expense. Keeping this in view, it is advised neither share any personal information like a bank account, CVV code, OTP nor respond to suspicious links on WhatsApp or email as it could result in siphoning off funds from bank accounts.
“We are time and again advising and cautioning people to be wary of unsolicited and fictitious offers received through phone calls, emails and on social media. At the same time, the mobile service providers have also been asked to verify the documents of SIM card seekers properly, he added.”
Cautioning citizens not to fall prey to cyber fraudsters, he also urged them to make complaints regarding any such fraudsters at cybercrime.gov.in or the office of concerned District Superintendent of Police or Police Station.