LUCKNOW: Uttar Pradesh’s top cop connected with the people through Twitter and appealed to them to report cyber crime cases on 155260 for fast relief. Mukul Goel who recently took the charge as the new Director-General of Police (DGP) chose ‘Financial Cyber Crime’ as his maiden topic of interaction with the netizens.
Sharing an over two-minute long video from the official handle of DGP UP, Goel said, “After becoming DGP, I was looking for an appropriate topic to connect with people via social media. In my first address, I would like to give important information about cyber crime.”
“As all of you know with increasing use of digital payment and mobile banking, there has been a sharp increase in financial cyber crime. To keep a check on such crime, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on May 13 started its website National Cyber Crime Reporting Portal and helpline number – 155260.”
He advised that if someone becomes the victim of cyber crime they can immediately contact the helpline. The Sooner a victim contacts us, the chances of recovering their money increases.
Goel explained that a dedicated call centre has been set up at headquarters where police officials are deployed to address such cases. Policemen take down details from the complainant and register an FIR and initiate the action.
He appealed to the netizens to not disclose sensitive personal details to anonymous callers like ATM card numbers, banking passwords/pins and OTPs for any transactions.
It must be noted that the cyber cell of UP Police has recovered over Rs 6 crore that cyber criminals had made by cheating innocent bank holders.
Since its inception a year ago, the cyber cell, which consists of 18 cyber police stations across the state, has lodged 528 FIRs and solved 126 cases, leading to the arrest of 385 suspects.
According to a senior home official, all regional cyber police stations have received equipment and resources. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, has also approved Rs 32 crore for the expansion of new cyber police stations.
Toll-free number 155260 is functional round the clock and will cater to complaints of fraudulent withdrawal of money bank accounts. www.cybercrime.gov.in, WhatsApp number 7839877207 and Twitter handle @cyberpolice_up have been made functional for complaints of cyber crime.