Mumbai: No accused was convicted in cyber crime cases in the first five months of this year in Maharashtra, a home department official said Friday. The data for the last three years showed that while the number of cyber crime cases is rising, the conviction rate is falling.
As many as 488 persons were arrested in cyber crime cases from January 1 to May 31, and the trials in ten of these cases were completed, the official said. However, all these trials resulted in acquittals, he added.
A total of 1,665 cyber crime cases were registered during this period, including 529 cases of credit/debit card scams and 334 cases of online banking frauds. There were 48 cases of investment frauds, 74 cases of fraudulent job offers and eight cases related to matrimonial portals, as per the data.
A total of 449 of these cases were solved. The cyber crime cell of police solved 66 credit/debit card fraud cases and arrested 76 people, the official said. Sixteen cases of investment frauds were detected and 48 persons were arrested. Only one case of matrimonial fraud was detected and one person was arrested. In online banking fraud cases, 30 persons were arrested.
The conviction rate in cyber crime cases is on decline in the last three years, the official said. In 2015, the conviction rate was 40.74 per cent. It slumped to 23.53 per cent in 2016 and 16.67 per cent in 2017. On the other hand, the number of cases is increasing. For instance, in 2015, there were 384 cases of online banking fraud, which rose to 459 in 2016 and 773 last year. Similarly, there was a spurt in credit/debit card scams, from 610 three years ago to 1,522 cases last year.
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