Bhubaneswar, Aug 6: The Cyber Crime Help Line (dial 1930) of Odisha has become functional round the clock. It was earlier functioning during office hours only. With this the victims of cyber frauds in Odisha can call anytime and lodge a complaint.
The Crime Branch informed that the citizens who are cheated by cyber fraudsters should immediately dial 1930 without any delay. “Swift reaction time (golden time) is the key to prevent the money from being siphoned off by the fraudsters. The victim would be asked some relevant information by the caller agents, who are trained police personnel. Thereafter, they would immediately generate the complaint in the portal and facilitate the blocking of the bank accounts of the fraudster and his associates. This to a large extent can prevent the money being siphoned off. If money is already transferred, then it can be reverted back, if the complaint is lodged without delay. With the information provided by victims, the telephone numbers of the cyber criminals can also be blocked to prevent further misuse,” said the Crime Branch.
Police DG Sunil Kumar Bansal had earlierheld a review of the functioning of the Cyber Crime Unit of Crime Branch including 1930 helpline.
It may be noted herein that in 2021, National Cyber Crime Reporting Portal was launched and dial 1930 facility was established in Odisha for reporting of financial cyber crimes through voice call.
In the year 2022, due to the efforts of 1930 helpline an amount of Rs 1.56 crore of cheated money was reverted back to the account of victims while Rs 3.94 crore was prevented from being siphoned off by the cyber criminals. The Crime Branch is also planning to add more phone lines and enhance the number caller agents.