Several complaints of online loan app fraud have been registered across Kerala.
A special team from the state crime department will be investigating the fraud using the online loan app in Kerala. The team, led by an IG official, was set up to investigate complaints of credit app fraud made in various counties of Kerala, says state police chief Loknath Behera.
The senior team consists of Crime Branch Ernakulam Range IG Gopesh Kumar, who will lead the Special Operations Team. Deputy Inspector General of Police Ernakulam Range Kaliraj Mahesh Kumar and Police Detective Inspectors Sabu Mathew, MJ Sojan and Deputy Police Inspectors P Vikraman, KR Biju and P Anil Kumar are also part of the team.
There is a suspicion that an online fraud has been carried out with the help of people from other states and even international countries, in which customers are robbed of money. Therefore, the investigation is also supported by Interpol, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and other state police forces.
The Kerala state police chief has also ordered that all credit app fraud complaints received in various counties in the state be referred to the dedicated team at the crime department.
The scam is unlawful interest rates offered through mobile apps to mainly play online games like rummy etc. These apps have made it easier to play on credit when users run out of cash. The loan is available within minutes at daily rates. In between these online games, the promotion of credit apps also leads to the deception of young users.
Earlier this month, a 25-year-old man took his own life after losing a huge amount of money to online rummy. The man was identified as 25-year-old Vineeth, a native of Thiruvananthapuram, who worked as contract staff for ISRO. Vineeth has reportedly been playing online rummy for over a year. During the coronavirus lockdown, he played the game for a huge sum, making a debt of Rs 12 lakh as a result. However, he continued to play the game and his debt increased. As debt increased, the deceased also had problems with his family that eventually led him to put an end to his life.
If you know someone has had mental health problems or is suicidal, please provide help. Here are some hotline numbers from suicide prevention organizations that can provide emotional support to individuals and families.
State Department of Health suicide hotline: 104
Sneha Suicide Prevention Center – 044-24640050 (listed as the only suicide prevention hotline in Tamil Nadu)
End of life suicide prevention: 78930 78930
Roshni: 9166202000, 9127848584
Sahai (24 hours): 080 65000111, 080 65000222
Maithri: 0484 2540530
Chaithram: 0484 2361161
Both are 24-hour hotline numbers.
Suicide prevention by the state government (free of charge): 104
Roshni: 040 66202000, 6620200
SEVA: 09441778290, 040 27504682 (between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m.)
Aasara provides support to individuals and families during an emotional crisis, for those dealing with mental health problems and thoughts of suicide, and for those who experience trauma following the suicide of a loved one.
24×7 hotline: 9820466726
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