Jamtada is a district in the state of Jharkhand. Social reformer and writer Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar had spent the last 18 years of his life in Nandan Kanan in the district. But that Jamtada is now famous not for the social reformer but for a different reason.
The Naxal-affected district has become the largest haunt of cyber thieves in the country. Unemployed people in the area engage in online fraud. There are a large number of cyber crime complaints.
Due to the high crime rate, Jamtada district has gained a strange reputation as a cyber crime hub. The village is home to more than 50 per cent of India’s cyber crimes. Such a shocking revelation was made by former Union Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba.
During 2010, the youth of this village got fed up with unemployment and started these scams for money. He moved to cities and got jobs in companies like call centers. There he learned about hacking, phone calls as well as online transactions and taught it to others.
Thus a factory of fraud has been set up here. The task of these criminals is to do a simple but skillful job. Bank account holder information is obtained from private entities that sell data.
The process of calling account holders starts from the SIM obtained through fake ID. Claiming to be a bank official, the thieves tell the customer that the account has been hacked. Debit or credit card numbers ask for all the details like CCV, OTP.
The frightened account holder reveals all the details. Then with the help of another accomplice, the thieves immediately transfer the money to their e-wallet. The account holder is poor until the phone is cut off.
Even if a big fish gets stuck in their throat during the day, they become silver. Retired Chief Justice R. M. Lodha and actor Amitabh Bachchan have also fallen victim to these thieves. It is a special case that this Shakkal, which makes full use of technology, is being used in the villages.
Young people sit under mobile towers in the fields, forests and just call all day. In some villages even electricity is not available. The thieves have set up a generator to charge your phone and laptop. Initially, the prevalence of phone fraud was high in Hindi-speaking states.
Citizens are being repeatedly instructed by the police in this regard. So the thieves are now learning the regional language and trying to trick people in other states. In the last few years, many people have been robbed of millions by these thieves.
If you think you are lying, go to Jamtada village and see the bungalows of those people. In 2018, Jamtada police arrested 111 people in 89 cases. Also, 109 people have been arrested in 67 cases in 2019 and 72 cyber thieves in 39 cases till March 2020.
Many of the thieves who escaped for lack of evidence are still harassing people. A police investigation has revealed that the detainees have unaccounted assets. Hundreds of vehicles, laptops, mobiles and SIM cards have been seized from them.
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