Kerala Police, while raising awareness about the danger related to online fraud, said that last year, 23,753 people in the state lost about Rs 201 crore.
Police said that its cyber crime branch has succeeded in recovering 20 percent of this amount.
Along with this, 5,107 bank accounts, 3,289 mobile numbers, 239 social media accounts and 945 websites which were used for fraud were also closed.
According to a release issued by the state police media centre, police urged people to report money-related online fraud on helpline number 1930 within two hours of the incident. By doing this the chances of getting back the amount lost due to fraud increases.
It said, “Delay in complaining in these cases is a big problem for the police. If information is given within two hours of the loss, the chances of getting the money back are higher. Whereas the police often receives a complaint 10 days after the incident, which gives the fraudsters enough time to withdraw the amount.