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News Tech: After clicking on a WhatsApp link, a retired teacher in Annamayya, Andhra Pradesh lost 21 lakh rupees. The teacher, according to the authorities, received a link on WhatsApp, and when she clicked on it, her bank account was hacked, and all of the money was taken out of it.

According to the police, it has become normal practise to send WhatsApp links in order to steal a user’s bank account. Inspector Muralikrishna of the Two Town Circle reported that online criminals were sending links to WhatsApp numbers, hacking accounts, and taking money out of those accounts.

A resident of Reddeppanaidu Colony in the Annamayya district’s Madanapalle town named Varalakshi reported that she was constantly getting the notice “money has been deducted.” She then made the decision to get in touch with bank representatives, where she learned that her account had been hacked and that $215,000 had been taken out of it. On Saturday, Varalakshi reported a cybercrime to the police.

“Cybercriminals have recently stolen ₹12 lakh from the account of Gnanaprakash, a software employee from Madanapalle. Two town police registered a case on the incident on Friday. On the very next day, a complaint was received that ₹21 lakh was stolen from the bank account of a retired school teacher Varalakshmi,” added the official.

“While preparing the company’s account report on August 14, it was found that on August 11 unauthorised deposits of ₹35 lakh were made in the wallet of a user, which was transferred by the user from his wallet to his personal account on August 12 and 13,” Additional Director General of Police, State Crime Branch, O P Singh said.

When the complainant approached the user after the transaction was discovered, he refused to pay and turned off his phone. “After detection of fraud, a complaint was made on cyber helpline 1930. Immediate information provided by the victim on 1930 in ‘golden hours’ resulted in retrieving defrauded amount by freezing the transaction,” he said.

“A complaint has been registered in this connection at Cyber Police Station, Panchkula, and further investigation is underway,” he said. In January of this year, the National Cybercrime Helpline 1930 was launched.

Under the plan, 29 cyber police stations have been established in the state where victims of cybercrimes can file complaints. Every day, on average, the helpline receives more than 600 calls from all throughout the state.

According to the ADG, a substantial surge in cyber scams has also been brought on by the increased use of technology in recent years.

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