Government and Microsoft Collaboration against Digital Arrest

  • 17 May 2024

In response to the increasing reports of “digital arrests” by cybercriminals impersonating law enforcement officers, the central government has partnered with Microsoft to block over 1,000 Skype IDs used for online intimidation, blackmail, and extortion.

  • Cybercriminals pose as law enforcement, claiming victims are involved in illegal activities and demanding money to resolve fabricated cases.
  • Victims and their families are coerced through fake police station setups and uniforms to enhance the scam’s credibility.
  • The Indian Cyber Crime Coordination Centre (I4C) has blocked more than 1,000 Skype IDs and is working to block associated SIM cards, devices, and mule accounts.
  • The National Cyber Crime Reporting Portal (NCRP) has received numerous complaints about these scams, indicating a widespread issue managed by cross-border crime syndicates.
  • The Ministry of Home Affairs, along with other ministries and organizations like the RBI, is actively working to combat these crimes, providing support and resources to state and UT police forces.
  • I4C’s social media campaign through Cyberdost on platforms like X, Facebook, and Instagram aims to increase public awareness and prevention of cybercrime.
  • Victims are advised to report incidents via the cybercrime helpline 1930 or the website, and to file complaints with local police for immediate action.