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Impostor Alert | Cybercriminals pose as Police, CBI, RBI to intimidate, extort

12:40 AM May 15, 2024 IST | GK NEWS SERVICE
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New Delhi, May 14:  A large number of complaints are being reported on the National Cyber Crime Reporting Portal (NCRP) regarding intimidation, blackmail, extortion and ‘digital arrests’ by cybercriminals posing as Police authorities, Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), Narcotics Department, Reserve Bank of India (RBI), Enforcement Directorate and other Law Enforcement Agencies.


These fraudsters typically call a potential victim and inform that the victim has sent or is the intended recipient of a parcel, which contains illegal goods, drugs, fake passports or any other contraband item.


Sometimes, they also inform that a near one or a dear one of the victim is involved in a crime or an accident and is in their custody.


A demand for money is made to compromise the “case”.


In certain instances, unsuspecting victims are made to undergo “digital arrest” and remain visually available over Skype or other video conferencing platforms to the fraudsters, till their demands are met.


The fraudsters are known to use studios modeled on Police Stations and government offices and wear uniforms to appear genuine.


Across the country, several victims have lost large amounts of money to such criminals.


This is an organised online economic crime and is learnt to be operated by cross-border crime syndicates.

The Indian Cyber Crime Coordination Centre (I4C), under the Ministry of Home Affairs, coordinates activities related to combating cybercrime in the country. MHA is closely working with other Ministries and their agencies, RBI and other organizations to counter these frauds.

I4C is also providing inputs and technical support to Police authorities of states and UTs for identifying and investigating the cases.

I4C has also blocked more than 1000 Skype IDs involved in such activities, in collaboration with Microsoft.

It also facilitates blocking of SIM cards, mobile devices and mule accounts used by such fraudsters.

I4C has also issued various alerts through infographics and videos on its social media platform ‘Cyberdost’ on X, Facebook, and Instagram.

Citizens have been advised to be alert and spread awareness about these types of frauds.

Upon receipt of such calls, the citizens have been asked to immediately report the incident on cybercrime helpline number 1930 or for assistance.