NEW DELHI: The capital reported 179 cases of ATM frauds in 2018-19, the second highest in the entire country, Reserve Bank Of India data has revealed. These incidents — involving amounts of Rs 1 lakh or more — were reported by the banks to RBI. The data, accessed by TOI, showed that only Maharashtra (233) saw more cases than Delhi. In the capital, people lost around Rs 2.9 crore to these frauds. Only Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu lost more money than Delhi at Rs 4.81 crore and Rs 3.63 crore, respectively. The number of incidents also showed a steep rise from 2017-18, when the banks reported 132 cases of ATM frauds in Delhi, involving a total amount of Rs 2.8 crore. The country witnessed an increase in ATM fraud cases in general (up from 911 to 980). Assam, Arunachal Pradesh and Tripura were the only three states that didn’t report a single incident. However, the money lost came down from Rs 65.3 crore in 2017-18 to Rs 21.4 crore in 2018-19. Police and cybercrime experts, however, said that this was just the tip of the iceberg as amounts of less than Rs 1 lakh were not considered for the data. They said crooks were now employing various means to get control of people’s bank accounts through ATM or debit cards. The most commonly used trick is installing skimmer devices on ATMs and point-of-sale machines, which are then used to fraudulently copy data from cards. This data is then put on blank cards and illegal transactions are carried out. Delhi Police has also found several gangs active in the city who target ATMs where security is not adequate. These gangs target gullible people who come to use the ATM. On the pretext of helping them out, crooks often exchange their cards and then empty the account later. Online frauds are a major concern, too. Crooks posing as customer-care agents of banks often fool people into revealing confidential data. Some fraudsters have even set up fake websites, which come up during internet search. People are then targeted when they call the ‘customer care’ numbers mentioned on these websites. Delhi Police’s Cyber Prevention Awareness and Detection (CyPAD) centre is, meanwhile, grappling with a number of issues, including lack of trained manpower to deal with the criminals who appear to be one up on them at every step.