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Alert! Kolkata Police Warns of New Digital Arrest Scam – Here’s What You Need to Know!

Kolkata Police warns against ‘Digital Arrest’ scam: Beware of fraudulent calls claiming to involve law enforcement.



Alert! Kolkata Police Warns of New Digital Arrest Scam – Here’s What You Need to Know!

Kolkata Police has taken a proactive approach to the surge in cybercrimes, particularly a deceptive tactic known as “Digital Arrest.” A recent public advisory issued by the Kolkata Police is raising awareness among citizens to guard against this nefarious method used by cybercriminals to exploit their targets.

The advisory comes as a response to several cases where individuals have been conned by fraudsters posing as officers from various investigative agencies. The scam typically involves a phone call, with the fraudster directing the victim to join a Skype session for an alleged ‘investigation’ or ‘arrest’ — a tactic no legitimate agency would employ

What Is Digital Arrest

A “Digital Arrest” is a deceptive tactic used by cybercriminals to exploit individuals under the guise of law enforcement or investigative agencies. Typically, it involves fraudsters contacting potential victims through phone calls or digital means, falsely claiming that there is a warrant for their arrest or that they are under investigation. They often demand sensitive information, such as personal or financial details, or instruct victims to pay a certain amount to avoid arrest. This form of digital extortion is designed to induce panic and prompt hasty actions from unsuspecting individuals. The term highlights the intersection of digital communication and criminal deception, where the authority of law is mimicked to commit fraud.

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In light of these events, the Kolkata Police has issued key guidelines for the public to follow:

  1. Be aware that no legitimate agency will request your presence on a Skype call for matters of investigation or arrest.
  2. If you receive calls claiming an arrest of someone close to you, verify this by visiting your local police station.
  3. Before acting on such calls, it is crucial to inform family members and the local police.
  4. In cases where you recognize the voice of a loved one during such calls, verify their whereabouts directly.
  5. Do not hastily transfer funds or provide any payment.

The Kolkata Police emphasizes the psychological tactics employed by criminals, often leveraging fear to manipulate victims for financial gain. These fraudsters are skilled at creating a sense of urgency and panic, pressuring their victims to act quickly and without thought.

To combat this threat, the advisory encourages netizens to adopt educated practices and robust cybersecurity measures. Staying informed about the evolving cyber threat landscape is essential. Knowledge is power, particularly when it comes to understanding the stratagems used by these digital con artists.

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Furthermore, the advisory urges the public to employ strong cybersecurity practices. This includes using complex passwords, enabling two-factor authentication, and being skeptical of unsolicited communication, especially when it involves personal or financial information.

As Kolkata navigates through the digital age, the Police’s vigilant approach underscores the importance of community awareness and education in combating cybercrime. Citizens are urged to be cautious, informed, and proactive in their digital interactions.

The Kolkata Police’s commitment to public safety extends beyond traditional crime; it encapsulates the virtual realm, reflecting their dedication to protecting the city’s digital integrity. The advisory stands as a testament to their pledge to serve and protect in all aspects of life, digital and otherwise.


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