Noida Cyber Police have Issued an Advisory to Citizens Due To the Increase in “Digital Arrest” Cases.

Noida Cyber Police have Issued an Advisory

Noida Cyber Police have Issued an Advisory to Citizens Due To the Increase in “Digital Arrest” Cases.

A comprehensive warning has been prepared by the Gautam Buddh Nagar Cyber Crime Police Station in order to promote public awareness about the growing menace of cybercrime. The advice highlights various prominent scams and provides citizens with essential safeguards to take to protect themselves from them.

It is a specific scam that involves calls received from unknown or international numbers on mobile phones or WhatsApp. The caller usually pretends to be officials from the Customs Department, Narcotics Department, or CBI, and they claim that the recipient’s documents were found in a suspicious package that contained drugs, documents, clothing, an Aadhar card, and a SIM card. The advisory warns against this particular scam.

Using a strategy known as “digital house arrest,” cybercriminals limit their victims to their houses in order to commit fraud against them. In order to instill terror, criminals employ the use of audio or video calls, frequently impersonating law enforcement agents with the assistance of artificial intelligence-generated voices or video technology.

“The caller asserts that these things were utilized for the purpose of money laundering or hawala transactions, and in addition, the bank accounts of the recipient are currently being investigated.” According to a statement released by the police, the caller frequently threatens the recipient with the filing of an FIR and the issuance of Non-Bailable Warrants (NBW).

It is common for the fraudster to use fictitious departmental identification cards during these calls in order to win the victim’s trust. Following this, they give the victim instructions to connect with them through a video call on Skype or WhatsApp, where they continue to frighten and control the victim, preventing them from communicating with members of their family. According to the statement, the victim is intimidated into moving money from their bank accounts, including fixed deposits, to the accounts of the con artist under the guise of a legal investigation.

“Over the course of the past few months, approximately ten incidents of this nature have been reported, which has resulted in the filing of FIRs and ongoing investigations,” the alert stated. According to the preliminary findings, these cybercriminals are known to be operating out of Jaipur, Bhilwara, and Bikaner, all located in the state of Rajasthan. According to the authorities, significant leads have been obtained from these regions, and attempts are currently being made to dismantle the gang that is the subject of the investigation.

According to the Noida Police, who are headed by the Assistant Chief of Police for Cyber Crime Vivek Ranjan Rai and the Inspector-in-Charge of the Cyber Crime Police Station Vijay Kumar, they are now conducting investigations and want to apprehend the individuals responsible for the crime in the near future.

In the advisory, the police also emphasized the significance of verifying any calls that appear to be suspicious, particularly those that were received through WhatsApp or video calls. They also suggested that the caller’s number or credentials be checked through official channels, rather than relying on search engines like Google, because cybercriminals frequently upload fake helpline numbers.

Citizens are urged to immediately report any strange calls to the nearest police station or cyber cell, as stated in the alert. “If a suspicious or strange call states that legal action has been taken or demands for financial or personal details, citizens should immediately report it,” the advisory read.

It was also recommended that individuals refrain from downloading applications or clicking on links that were sent by unknown callers, and it was suggested that individuals tell their family members about potential dangers.

Individuals are encouraged to contact the police hotline at 112 or the cyber helpline at 1930 in the event that they get any threatening or strange WhatsApp calls, according to the statement with additional information.

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About The Author:

Yogesh Naager is a content marketer who specializes in the cybersecurity and B2B space.  Besides writing for the News4Hackers blogs, he also writes for brands including Craw Security, Bytecode Security, and NASSCOM.


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