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Women easy preys of cyber criminals

Cyber Crime helpline 1930 gets 125 calls on weekdays, 200 during the weekend and public holidays; 1 in 3 are women

Sarfaraz Shaikh

Apr 10, 2024 02:00 AM | UPDATED: Apr 10, 2024 03:03 AM | 14 min read

The cybercrime cell helpline number 1930 receives about 125 calls on weekdays and the number shoots up to around 200 on weekends and public holidays. Cybercrooks know that during these times their targets are free and will attend to social media the most.
Fraud call targets are clinically selected by first going through their social media accounts and taking into consideration their desperation, likes and dislikes.
Thus monthly calls received by the cybercrime cell helpline is around 4,000-5,000.

Victim demographics
Women are always on the radar of the cybercrooks, and they are ensnared through work-from-home or loan frauds. A big 35% of the cybercrime victims are women.
Individuals aged 50 and above are the second most frequent victims, largely due to sextortion scams. Cybercriminals, masquerading as women, send friend requests through social media, gradually building a rapport before entrapping their victims. They send nude pics on WhatsApp, and trap them with video calls and other lures. This age group accounts for 30% of the reports. 

Teenagers and young adultsare the third-largest group targeted by cybercrooks. They are trapped with matrimonial frauds, work-from-home scams, and blackmailing for sexual exploitation, representing 25% of the cases. DSP B M Tank highlights the vulnerability of the younger, 13-16 years demographic, stating, “This is the most vulnerable age group as we often receive calls from their parents requesting counselling as their kids develop suicidal tendencies.”

72-yr-old receives nude call and gets trapped 
On January 8, 2024, a 72-year-old retired employee got a friend request from an account with a beautiful pic of a girl. As the friendship was accepted, the crook demanded the victim’s WhatsApp number and straight away made a nude call. The cybercrook screen recorded the video call and started threatening to make the video viral. 

Army officer’s daughter gets a friend request…
A 16-year-old girl, a Class 11 student, got a friend request from a young boy on her Instagram account. The girl fell in love with the boy. The boy then demanded her nude pics. As the girl was still a teenager, without understanding the consequences she gave her pics to the boy on WhatsApp. The boy then started demanding money from the girl threatening to make her pics viral. The girl had no option but to report to her father who was serving in the Indian Army. The girl had developed suicidal tendencies. She was counselled and a young life was saved.

OT assistant gets trapped into loan fraud
A young woman working as an OT assistant in a dental hospital had clicked and applied for a loan on some unknown loan application but did not get the loan. However, she started receiving threatening calls from different numbers to repay the loan or they would morph her pics and make it viral. The woman got so afraid that she even paid Rs 60,000 to the scamsters. However, as the harassment continued, she called up the helpline number. Counsellor Heena Shrimali attended her and made sure that her complaint was registered. 
DSP B M Tank told Mirror that people are taking social media posts too seriously and landing in trouble. “If they get trapped, they should immediately contact the cybercrime units and register a complaint and not worry about social consequences. Their identity is always protected by the cybercrime units,” said DSP Tank.


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