Kerala police extend reach to cyber world

TRIVANDRUM — After involving various communities within the state, Kerala police have taken policing to the cyber world.

By T K Devasia

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Published: Thu 20 Sep 2012, 9:20 PM

Last updated: Fri 3 Apr 2015, 1:41 PM

The Netizen Police, a Facebook collective launched by the intelligence wing of the state police, has attracted more than 17,000 followers and identified more than 120 fraudsters since it was launched on July 27 this year.

The fraudsters were identified on the basis of information provided by members, says superintendent of police (internal security) J Jayanath, who launched the collective. More than 100 of them are from New Delhi and two from Karnataka. Financial frauds are the major cyber crime reported on the Netizen Police page. The members are regularly posting mails and SMSs they receive from scamsters offering millions of rupees by way of transfers of black money.

A posting in the page said that people had lost more than Rs28 billion in cyber crimes since the collective started monitoring the net. The loss has been showing steady rise over the years.

The members of the group have been sharing stories of online frauds and cyber crimes they come across. One member shared information about anonymous calls made to young girls. The calls emanating from a set of numbers were aimed at blackmailing the girls, especially software professional and school children, the member said.

Jayanath, who administers the collective, has a team to follow up useful information posted on the Netizen Police page.

Home Minister Thiruvanchiyoor Radhakrishnan said the government will intensify the activities of the Netizen Police as they have been found very effective in checking online crimes and also alerting the people against the fraudsters.

He said that the cyber wing of the state police will investigate all the cases identified by the Netizen Police and take stern action against those who have committed offences. The state will also establish a communication network with their counterparts in other states to share information.

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