Women and students are easy prey for online loan sharks in Guntur district, Andhra Pradesh – The New Indian Express

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GUNTUR: Despite settling her Rs 1 lakh debt she incurred from online loan sellers, a woman from Chilakaluripet (Guntur) was shocked when her obscene and tweaked photos were shared with people in her contacts calls even as the loan sharks continued to blackmail her into paying more than she owed them.

When she filed a complaint with the police, the police froze her account, but could not trace the stalkers even a few days later.

In another case, a Chinakakani woman allegedly committed suicide recently after being blackmailed into having her private photos uploaded to social media if she failed to repay the amount of pending interest on a loan of just 20,000. rupees she had contracted from online vendors via their mobile. apps.

With the internet reaching to more remote corners, many people – mainly women, students and employees – are falling prey to these online applications.

Due to COVID-19, many families have experienced serious financial hardship, which has forced them to seek easy loans, even at high interest rates. The lack of awareness and stigma for reporting such crimes to the police has only encouraged loan sharks to harass more people, Addl SP K Supraja said.

Talk to The new Indian Express, she said that female staff occupy the reception desks of police stations and deal with these cases with empathy. “The chances of stopping such incidents are high only when people report them. Only then can we prevent photos or private information from being leaked or shared online, and catch the culprits at time,” she said.

She called on people to be very careful when taking out loans from apps and to let the police know if they were being blackmailed into paying more money than they owe. . Meanwhile, Guntur district reported 125 cybercrime cases in the past six months.

Cybercrime police have identified 221 fraudulent lending apps on Play Store and asked Google to remove them.

GUNTUR: Despite settling her Rs 1 lakh debt she incurred from online loan sellers, a woman from Chilakaluripet (Guntur) was shocked when her obscene and tweaked photos were shared with people in her contacts calls even as the loan sharks continued to blackmail her into paying more than she owed them. When she filed a complaint with the police, the police froze her account, but could not trace the stalkers even a few days later. In another case, a Chinakakani woman allegedly committed suicide recently after being blackmailed into having her private photos uploaded to social media if she failed to repay the amount of pending interest on a loan of just 20,000. rupees she had contracted from online vendors via their mobile. apps. With the internet reaching to more remote corners, many people – mainly women, students and employees – are falling prey to these online applications. Due to COVID-19, many families have experienced serious financial hardship, which has forced them to seek easy loans, even at high interest rates. The lack of awareness and stigma for reporting such crimes to the police has only encouraged loan sharks to harass more people, Addl SP K Supraja said. Speaking to the New Indian Express, she said female staff man the reception desks of police stations and deal with such cases with empathy. “The chances of stopping such incidents are high only when people report them. Only then can we prevent photos or private information from being leaked or shared online, and catch the culprits at time,” she said. She called on people to be very careful when taking out loans from apps and to let the police know if they were being blackmailed into paying more money than they owe. . Meanwhile, Guntur district reported 125 cybercrime cases in the past six months. Cybercrime police have identified 221 fraudulent lending apps on Play Store and asked Google to remove them.

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