NOIDA: At 1,585, Gautam Budh Nagar has seen the highest number of cybercrimes in the state in 2020, when a majority of people confined to homes because of the lockdown shifted to online transactions to order anything from groceries to garments.
According to a recent report by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), GB Nagar is followed by Lucknow, Prayagraj, Ghaziabad and Varanasi in terms of the number of cybercrime cases. While Lucknow reported as many as 1,465 cases, Prayagraj saw 1,102. Neighbouring Ghaziabad registered 896 cases in 2020, followed by Varanasi at 564.

The NCRB data shows that in most of these areas, street crimes came down last year as few people were out on the roads because of the lockdown. Of the 1,585 online fraud cases lodged in Noida, 803 were computer-related offences, 307 were lodged under Section 66 of the IT Act (sending out grossly offensive messages), 51 were cases of ransomware attack and 371 were forgeries.
Similarly, there were 288 cases of cheating through online platforms.
Many victims of cyber frauds have told TOI that the most difficult part was to register a complaint and pursue the case with police. While frauds using OTP-based transactions — where the victim is lured into sharing the one-time password — is one of the most common methods, the 2020 data did not have a single case lodged under this category in Noida. There was no case related to data theft either. A total of 25 cases were registered for online banking frauds…

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