India's Youth Warned of Increased Cyber Crime

A police commissionerate in India recently hosted an initiative aimed at creating awareness regarding cyber safety, and in particular to warn girls to not upload pictures on social networking sites to avoid falling victim to cyber scammers.

Held in the second largest city in the state of Maharashtra in western India, the Cyber Safe Pune 2010 forum conducted lectures at housing societies, schools and banks.

“We received several queries about social networking sites, mobile thefts, lottery [text messages] and credit-card frauds,” Rajendra Dhale, deputy commissioner of police (cyber), was quoted as saying by DNA India. “We are urging girls not to upload their photographs on social networking sites. We are also urging them not to share personal information while chatting with unknown people. However, people can register mobile theft cases at the police station.”

The deputy commissioner also cautioned about falling for scams that appeal to individuals’ greed, such as bogus lottery notifications. He said 419 scams had increased by 30 percent, and to tackle the problem, “we are urging people not to be greedy and stay away from suspicious [text messages].”

Additionally, many are using sophisticated equipment without fully knowing their functions, which leads to further problems in society, Dhale said. Landlords should be able to provide police with information about their tenants to help fight cyber crime in the city, he added.

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