Hyderabad: The Commissioner of Police V V Srinivas Rao launched five short films produced by the Cyber Crime Police to create awareness on cybercrimes at Prasad Film Labs in Hyderabad on Monday. The films raise awareness and caution public on crimes involving, social media offenses, online job frauds, matrimonial frauds, multi-level marketing frauds, and OTP frauds. 

The short films are inspired from crimes that have been reported in the past ensuring that the viewer associates with the film. The short films are loaded with messages from Telugu film industry. Arjun Reddy fame Vijay Devarakonda is seen in a matrimonial fraud awareness video and essaying his fame dialogue from the film, “Kakkurthi Padakandi’ (don’t be obsessed) you will get a better partner in.”

Speaking on the occasion Commissioner of Police said about 1,200 exabytes (67 per cent) of the world’s digital data was sourced on the servers of private cloud entities. He presaged that one needs to ponder on what to post to the internet and what not. “In India, Facebook alone has more than 250 billion users, highest than any other country, and day by day many people are joining the social media sharing their sensitive data. 

This becomes difficult for the police to monitor,” Srinivasa Rao said. He said, “In some northern States of India, mobile operators and some banking institutions are not following the rules while issuing sim cards, or bank accounts which allow swindlers to procure sim cards with fake documents.

Using those fake identities, the frauds are calling innocent people,”. He also cautioned internet users, “We may protect you, but you should protect yourself first. One should be more cautious when it comes to online money transactions.”

Additional Commissioner of Police Swati Lakra while sharing her personal experience with fraud calls said that her father was about to reveal his Aadhaar and other data to a telecaller and how she managed to stop him at the last minute. Later, the caller was traced to Jamtara of Jharkhand State by Cyber Crime police, she added.

“The offenders are taking online route for easy money, we should educate the public in order to avoid such menace,” Producer Dil Raju said, who was also present on the occasion. He assured that the films will be screened at the cinema theatres for spreading the message.The DCP (Cyber Crimes) Avinash Mohanty said the short films will be uploaded to YouTube and other social media platforms to educate the public.

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