The Chennai Police\u2019s Central Crime Branch (CCB) has issued an advisory urging people not to provide access to loan apps and inform the police if they fall prey to such online frauds. \u201cThere are around 60\u00a0unauthorized online loan apps\u00a0on\u00a0Google Play Store, which are not registered or recognized by the Reserve Bank of India as an NBFC (Non-Banking Financial Company),\u201d the Police said. \u201cIf you or people close to you receive abusively or threatening and harassment calls, prefer a police complaint immediately,\u201d further it added. The police also warned that such apps have privacy policies that gather data available on a user\u2019s phone, thus violating the user\u2019s privacy and also use it against them. \u201cA user\u2019s phone contacts, photos, camera, locations, and phone memory could be compromised by online money lenders. The public should thus be cautious,\u201d it added. Meanwhile, the Central Crime Branch (CCB) of the Bengaluru City Police Wednesday confirmed the presence of illegal app-based instant microloan lending companies operating from Bengaluru as well after similar cases appeared from Hyderabad, Cyberabad, and other cities in the country. Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) Sandeep Patil said three such cases have been registered by the CCB on Wednesday.