Indian Government Issues Warning Against Fake Online Police Scam On WhatsApp, How To Stay Safe

The Union Ministry of Home Affairs has received numerous complaints through the National Cyber Crime Reporting Portal (NCRP).
Fake Online Police Scam

Fake Online Police Scam

The government of India has issued a warning against a new type of online fraud called 'digital arrest', where cyber criminals impersonate police officials to extort money from victims.
The Union Ministry of Home Affairs has received numerous complaints through the National Cyber Crime Reporting Portal (NCRP) regarding intimidation, blackmail, extortion, and digital arrests by fraudsters posing as various law enforcement agencies such as the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), Reserve Bank of India (RBI), and Enforcement Directorate.
In this scam, fraudsters contact potential victims claiming they are either involved in sending or receiving illegal goods, drugs, or fake passports. They may also falsely inform victims that a family member or friend is implicated in a crime or accident and is in custody.
Subsequently, they demand money from the victims to resolve the fabricated 'case'. Additionally, victims may be asked to remain available for 'digital arrest' via video conferencing apps like Skype, where fraudsters use studio setups resembling police stations to appear genuine.
To counter these frauds, the Home Ministry is collaborating with other ministries, agencies, and organizations like the RBI. The Indian Cyber Crime Coordination Centre (I4C) has taken action by blocking over 1,000 Skype IDs involved in such activities, in partnership with Microsoft.
Furthermore, I4C is facilitating the blocking of SIM cards, mobile devices, and mule accounts utilized by fraudsters. Additionally, I4C has issued alerts through its social media platform 'Cyberdost' on platforms like Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram to raise awareness about these scams.
To stay safe, individuals are advised to remain vigilant and spread awareness about such frauds. If one receives suspicious calls, they should report the incident immediately to the cybercrime helpline number 1930 or visit www.cybercrime.gov.in for assistance.
The government's warning highlights the prevalence of digital arrest scams perpetrated by cyber criminals impersonating law enforcement officials in India. By raising awareness and reporting incidents promptly, individuals can protect themselves and others from falling victim to these fraudulent schemes.
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