Mumbai : As the Union Government’s demonetisation policy completes nearly 25 days, its impact on the lifestyles of the general public can be seen on a daily basis. The defunct ATMs and cashless banks have forced the public to resort to online transactions and net banking to pay their monthly dues. This has increased the risk of online fraud and the public too is sceptical in using online forums for transactions.
In a bid to combat online frauds, Mumbai Police’s Cyber Crime Cell has stepped in to ensure that not a single citizen becomes a victim.
While speaking to the Free Press Journal, Sanjay Patil, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Cyber Crime) said, “In the present scenario, many people do not have cash in hand so they are using various modes like net banking and other cashless transactions to pay their monthly bills or dues. Amidst this, we cannot rule out if there is any rise in online frauds but yes there are chances that cyber criminals can take a benefit of the current situation.”
When asked about the sceptical approach of the public towards online or cashless transactions, Patil said, “This approach would be common amongst those who have not yet used such a service before. But one should understand that it is a technology which will be extensively used in the near future, so they should get familiar with it. It is obvious that they might have their own doubts regarding online transactions so creating awareness about the good and bad sides of this can help.”
“People should use the advanced technologies facilitating cashless transactions but at the same time they must be cautious and take proper precautions while using the technology,” he added.
Patil also said that the Cyber Crime Cell has been continuously creating awareness amongst the public, informing them about the ‘dos and don’ts’ while using cashless transactions. He said, “We have displayed banners and posters at various public places which speak about the safety measures one need to undertake. We have also visited several colleges in the city and informed the youngsters there about how they can transact their money safely without any fraud.”
Patil also said that citizens should not avoid using online transactions as his team is always keeping an eye on repeated cyber crime offenders and is also on its toes to prevent online frauds.