Cyber Crime

CYBER CRIMES: Don’t Get Conned: Bhopal Cyber Police Warn of Fake Law Enforcement Scams

India Crime News Desk

New Delhi, April 5, 2024

Have you ever received a call claiming to be from a high-profile law enforcement agency like the ED, CBI, NIA, or NCB?

If so, you might have encountered a cunning cyber scam. The Bhopal cyber police are urging the public to be vigilant against these fraudsters who impersonate officials to steal money.

Fake Badges, Real Danger

These scammers operate by masquerading as legitimate law enforcement officers, often targeting individuals through phone calls. 

They attempt to create an air of urgency and fear, manipulating victims into believing they are in legal trouble. 

Bhopal cyber police have identified Pakistan and other foreign countries as the source of many of these scam calls.

A Case in Point: Digital House of Horrors

A recent incident in Gwalior serves as a stark reminder of the devastating consequences of these scams. 

Fraudsters posing as law enforcement officials targeted a retired teacher, ultimately swindling her out of Rs 51 lakh. 

Their method involved a disturbing tactic known as “Digital House Arrest.”

The Deceptive Digital Dragnet

Here’s how the scam unfolds: Fraudsters make contact with the victim, typically by phone. 

They fabricate a story, alleging the victim is linked to a suspicious package containing narcotics. 

To heighten the fear factor, they claim to have placed the victim under a so-called “Digital House Arrest” pending further investigation.

Isolation and Manipulation

The scammers, pretending to be real officials, exploit the fear of legal repercussions. 

They manipulate the victim into isolating themselves in a room with their mobile phone and internet connection, including camera access. 

Furthermore, they strictly instruct the victim not to contact anyone during this supposed “house arrest.”

This isolation tactic serves a sinister purpose.  By cutting off the victim from their support network, the scammers create an environment conducive to manipulation. 

Frightened and confused, the victim becomes more susceptible to the fraudsters’ demands, which often involve hefty financial payments to supposedly resolve the fabricated legal issues.

Stay Safe: How to Spot a Fake Law Enforcement Call

Here are some crucial tips to remember:

Be wary of unsolicited calls: Legitimate law enforcement agencies wouldn’t initiate contact through unexpected phone calls.

Don’t fall for threats: Scammers thrive on fear.  If someone threatens legal action, stay calm and verify their identity through official channels.

Never share personal or financial information: Legitimate authorities won’t ask for sensitive details over the phone.

Isolate the scammer, not yourself: Don’t follow instructions to isolate yourself.  End the call and report it to the police.

By staying informed and exercising caution, you can significantly reduce your risk of falling victim to these elaborate scams.

Remember, if a situation seems suspicious, it probably is.

Trust your instincts and don’t hesitate to report such calls to the authorities.


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