New Delhi:In an attempt to provide safe and secure digital payments eco-system, Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has operationalised the national helpline 155260 and reporting platform for preventing financial loss due to cyber fraud.
The platform currently operational in seven States and Union Territories (Chhattisgarh, Delhi, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Telangana, Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh) will roll out in the other states soon.
The platform aims to provide a mechanism for persons cheated in cyber frauds to report such cases to prevent loss of their hard earned money and is made operational by the Indian Cyber Crime Coordination Centre (I4C) under the MHA, with active support and cooperation from the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), all major banks, Payment Banks, Wallets and Online Merchants.
"The Citizen Financial Cyber Fraud Reporting and Management System has been developed in house by I4C to integrate Law Enforcement Agencies and Banks and Financial Intermediaries," said the Home Ministry in its statement.
Since its soft launch in April 1, in a short span of two months, helpline 155260 has been able to save more than Rs 1.85 crore of defrauded money from reaching the hands of fraudsters, with Delhi and Rajasthan saving Rs 58 lakh and Rs 53 lakh respectively.
The facility empowers both the banks and the police, by leveraging new-age technologies for sharing online fraud related information and taking action in almost real time.The loss of defrauded money in online cheating cases can be stopped by chasing the money trail and stopping its further flow before it is taken out of the digital ecosystem by the fraudster.
While informing about the helpline and its associated platform operation, the Ministry said victims of cyber fraud call on helpline 155260, which is manned and operated by the concerned state police.
The telephone operator notes down the fraud transaction details and basic personal information of the caller and submits them in the form of a Ticket on the Citizen Financial Cyber Frauds Reporting and Management System.The Ticket gets escalated to the concerned Banks, Wallets, Merchants and so on, depending on whether they are the victim's bank or the bank/wallet in which the defrauded money has gone.
An SMS is also sent to the victim with an acknowledgement number of the complaint with direction to submit complete details of the fraud on the National Cybercrime Reporting Portal (https:/ cybercrime.gov.in/) within 24 hours, using the acknowledgement number.
The concerned bank, which can now see the ticket on its dashboard on the reporting portal, checks the details in its internal systems.If the defrauded money is still available, the bank puts it on hold and the fraudster cannot withdraw the money.
If the defrauded money has moved out to another bank, the Ticket gets escalated to the next bank to which the money has moved out. This process is repeated until the money is saved from reaching into the hands of the fraudsters.
Currently, the helpline and its reporting platform has all the major public and private sector banks onboard.