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THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Online fraud cases have been on the rise as people depend mostly on digital transactions in lockdown. 30 such cases have been registered in capital alone so far this year. Culprits exploit even educated people’s vulnerabilities with sweet offers and entreating calls and dupe them of money. Staying alert, not sharing bank details, avoiding friend requests etc are the key to stay safe

After a brief lull, online fraud cases are on the rise in the city. Since the lockdown necessitated online banking transactions, the fraudsters have taken the opportunity to dupe people. Last week, City Police Commissioner Balram Kumar Upadhyay issued a statement for the public to stay away from phone calls and messages asking for bank account or credit card details. This message itself shows the gravity of the situation.If it was asking for a One-Time Password (OTP) earlier in the guise of an executive from a bank, fraudsters now come up with new techniques like sending messages to people saying their SIM cards are blocked or the period for redeeming the credit card reward points is getting over. 

Interestingly, the people who fall into their trap are well educated and have technical knowhow to do online transactions. As per the data available with the Cyber Crime police station in the capital, 30 online fraud cases have been registered so far this year.Last year, there were nearly 40 online fraud cases out of a total 90…

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