The city police recently launched their official Facebook page – Kaval Thurai (police department) – in order to spread awareness about various kinds of fraud including cyber crime, online bank frauds, job rackets and other white-collar crimes. Netizens using the page can post alerts on frauds, which will then be probed by police.

In the aftermath of an overwhelming response to the official Facebook page of the Chennai Traffic Police, the Chennai City Police opened its own page. While there are only 25 subscribers as of now, the numbers are expected to escalate.

Maintained by the Cyber Cell of the Central Crime Branch, Kaval Thurai FB page, which carries a photograph of the Tamil Nadu Police headquarters, is updated on a daily basis. The page features cartoons and alerts on online lottery frauds, password protection, job scams and other forms of online offences.

The page will also update users on latest developments with the city police such as a new fleet of patrol vehicles for the force, achievements by police personnel, and special messages by the Commissioner of Police and other senior officers to the public.

Awareness messages on the need to use helmets and warnings against violations already form an integral part of the page.

A. Radhika, Deputy Commissioner of Police, CCB, says the initiative is on a trail basis and will taken forward based on responses.

“We have posted alerts on modus operandi of some notorious frauds which internet users should be aware of,” she adds.Police say the page will also focus on issues such as land grabbing and child abuse by posting alert messages and helpline numbers.

In case of a prevalent online fraud or other offenses faced by users, subscribers of Kaval Thurai can bring it to the notice of the police by posting alerts with phone numbers of the subscriber. The identity of the subscriber will be kept confidential.

To receive regular alerts and updates from the Chennai City Police, subscribe to Kaval Thurai.

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