HYDERABAD: Telangana leads the country with 7,003 registered cases of cybercrime fraud (credit/debit card fraud, ATM fraud, online banking fraud, OTP-related fraud, and other fraud) in 2021. In a response to Parliamentthe government said 579 people have been reported in Telangana for various cybercrimes.
The data reveals that Telangana is followed by Maharashtra (1,678 cases) and Bihar (1,373 cases). Telangana’s cases increased from 282 in 2019 to 3,316 in 2020 and 7,003 in 2021. According to the expert Kotireddy Madhava Reddy, the high number of crimes does not imply a higher number of cybercriminals. “It means there are more victims. The reasons for this are greed and innocence,” she said.

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There are 89 types of cybercrime traps. “An easy way to avoid becoming a victim is to avoid clicking on unknown links, responding to spam, and sharing OTPs. Some websites can steal OTPs. You also need to be careful when scanning QR codes,” said Reddy.
Telangana had the most cyber crime convictions in 2020 at 202. It is the only state along with UP that has had that many cases convicted. KVK Shanthi, Associate Professor of Cybercrime Law at NALSAR University, said that sentencing for computer crimes is extremely difficult. “Collecting evidence is a tedious and fragile process. Only cases of cyber terrorism under section 66(f) of the Act are punished with life imprisonment, while the others have two to three years’ imprisonment,” he said .



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