Rise of Cybercrime in India: Reasons, Impacts & Safety Measures


The reel is frequently influenced by the real. Jamtara, an OTT series, was inspired by cyber fraud activities carried out in a remote part of Jharkhand. However, the script appears to need some tuning in the future. This is because cybercrime hotspots in India, such as Jamtara and Mewat, have spread outside the country’s borders. 

According to a recent study conducted by the Indian Cyber Crime Coordination Centre, a part of the Union Home Ministry, approximately 45% of cybercrime cases targeting Indians originate in other South Asian nations, primarily Myanmar, Cambodia, and Laos. This is not to imply that the threat is minimal in India. 

The number of complaints about grey activities such as trading scams, phishing, and fake romance has risen dramatically, from 26,049 in 2019 to 7.4 lakh by April 2024. This year, the national cybercrime reporting system received over six lakh complaints, totaling almost Rs 1,800 crore in fraudulent money. 

Based on a study undertaken by an IIT Kanpur-incubated non-profit, financial fraud accounts for approximately 77% of cybercrimes between 2020 and 2023. There are additional risks: identity and data t

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