Mumbai’s Cyber Cell has come up with an innovative and interactive way to spread awareness about cyber crimes amongst college students in the city. They organise street plays that give out important messages on, “Do not share one time password (OTP), on credit card frauds and phishing.”
The plays explain different types of cyber crimes taking place in the city and focus on the need to not share Know Your Customer (KYC) details on the phone and online. Each play lasts for 30 minutes and a team of professionals are hired to perform them in Hindi and Marathi. After the play is over, police personnel step in to describe ways in which hacking, sextortion, credit and debit card, e-commerce, ATM and loan related frauds take place today.
The Cell started this programme in collaboration with Quick Heal Foundation and has been conducting plays since December 1. It will go on till December 19. “We have got a very good response from colleges. We have interacted with thousands of students and have planned to conduct street plays in 300 colleges. We have covered the southern and eastern regions of the city and will be looking at colleges in the northern and western regions. The idea is to engage as many students as possible and this medium is very engaging,” said Balsing Rajput, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Cyber.