Identity Theft Cases On The Rise In Kovai

COIMBATORE:  The Cyber Crime cell of the city police has recorded an almost 75 per cent increase in the number of identity theft cases across the district this year.  According to statistics released by the cell, 152 cases of identity theft have been registered so far in 2014, as compared to 87 recorded last year. Majority of the victims in such cases was women, sources said. Apart from targeting women on social networking sites, culprits are increasingly hacking into e-mail accounts of victims and ‘stealing pictures and videos’.
 
“We found out that a majority of such thefts occurred in internet cafes, where users sometimes forget to log out or multiple users have access to a single system,” said an officer attached to the cell. Despite the large number of complaints, police have, until 2013, managed to achieve 95 per cent detection rate, sources said. However, the detection rate this year has been disappointing with 73 cases (around 50 per cent) yet to be solved.
 
Speaking to Express, Cyber Crime cell inspector Muthumalai said, “When we receive a complaint, we communicate the details to the social networking website, which in turn provides us with the IP address of the offender.”  Poor response time from the sites is one of the reasons for the fall in detection rate, the official said. 
 
According to CoP A K Viswanathan, “Such crimes are not easily prevented as it is almost impossible to monitor social networking activity,” he said.
 
Identity theft and Cyber crime can cause serious risk to the credit profile of the individuals and this can affect the creditworthiness of the individual.
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