Thiruvananthapuram: People of the state have lost Rs 617.59 crore through various online frauds in the last six months, said chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan in the assembly on Friday.
The data is for the six-month period from Dec 2023 till May 31 this year. On an average, people are losing Rs 15 crore per month by falling victim to such frauds, said Vijayan.Of the Rs 617.59 crore, police have been able to retrieve Rs 9.67 crore. He said that police have launched a toll-free number 1930 and a WhatsApp number 9497980900 for citizens to inform about such frauds.
The chief minister had last week stated in the assembly that 13,239 complaints were received on the cyber helpline 1930, estimating a loss of Rs 197.62 crore, of which Rs 29.49 crore was recovered. As many as 10,094 bank accounts, 7,290 sim cards, 10,418 equipment, 7,126 websites, 3,900 social media profiles and 476 mobile applications have been blocked by police as part of investigation into these complaints. The online frauds are on the increase in the state and police have been focussing on cybercrimes with equal or more priority than regular crimes.

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