“Yesterday only, I received a call on my mobile device from an unknown number. The anonymous caller presented himself as some bank officer who was in immediate need of my ATM card number and CVV. After politely informing him that I’m a law student, I did disconnect the call.”
Well, not a new thing. Such happenings are way too common in our friend circle, family friends, and even ourselves and our parents. Law knowing persons including law professors, practitioners, and law students regularly receive phishing attempts, impersonating calls and emails on their electronic devices. What’s worse is that they choose to ignore such happenings.
Thanks to the recent legal developments in the Indian legal system, we can report such incidents just by dropping an email or reporting it to the local cyber cell.
What to report
Any cybercrime can be reported following the undermentioned steps. Whether a person is asking for your secret information or someone threatening you over Facebook, whether someone hate-texting you on Twitter or sending you sexually inappropriate messages on Whatsapp, you can (and must) report the incident by following the undermentioned steps.
For a rough idea regarding the ambit of the term ‘cybercrime’, it includes any illegal act that involves the usage of a computer or networking device. Read more here.
Where to report
Cyber crimes have global jurisdiction according to the IT legislation and therefore a complaint can be lodged in any cyber cell as per convenience.
How to report
First, you have to write an application addressing to the head of the cyber crime cell (head of the particular cyber crime cell to which you chose to report).
Note – Your application should include the following details:
- E-mail address
- Phone number
Second, attach the relevant and required documents. The type of documents required vary from offence to offence. For example, in case of hacking, you need to provide documents like logs of the server, a copy of the defected page, a copy of the original page, control mechanism details, list of suspects etc. In case of an impersonating call or message, the required documents include such call/message log, sender/caller details, impersonating details etc. Broadly speaking, attach any document that proves the existence of a prima facie case.
Third, send the email (along with the attached documents) to the concerned cyber crime cell using the contact details mentioned below.
Addresses of Cyber Crime Investigation Cells in India
Cyber Crime Police Station,
CID Annexe Building, Carlton House,
# 1, Palace Road,
Bangalore – 560001.
Telephone: +91- 080- 22942475, +91- 080- 22943050
SIDCO Electronics Complex,
Block No. 3, First Floor,
Guindy Industrial Estate,
Ph: 044 22502526
Central Bureau of Investigation,
Plot No. 5-B, 6th Floor, CGO Complex,
Lodhi Road, New Delhi – 110003
In Charge Cyber Crime Police Station,
Email : email@example.com
ACP Inspector Cyber Crimes
Sub-Inspector Cyber Crimes
IT Cell Special Branch
Ph: 9491 039 167, 9491 039 172
9491 039 088, 040-2785 3413
Cyber Crime Investigation Cell,
Crime Branch, 4th Floor,
Administrative Building No. 1,
Near Udyog Bhavan,
Civil Lines, Nagpur-01.
Tel: +91 – 712 – 2566766
Office of Commissioner of Police
2, Sadhu Vaswani Road,
Camp, Pune – 411001
Phone: +91-20-020-26126296, 26122880, 26208250
Fax: 020 26128105.
E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org / email@example.com
Cyber Crime Investigation cell,
Annex III, 1st floor, Office of the Commissioner of Police,
D.N.Road, Mumbai – 400001
Ph: +91-22- 24691233
Web site: http://www.cybercellmumbai.gov.in
E-mail id: firstname.lastname@example.org
Website : http://gurgaon.haryanapolice.gov.in
Inspector General of Police
State CYBER POLICE,
3rd Floor, Office of Commissioner of Police,
Khalkar Lane, Court Naka, Thane
Cyber Complaints Redressal Cell,
Nodal Officer Cyber Crime Unit Agra,
Agra Range 7,Kutchery Road,
Ph : 0562-2463343, Fax: 0562-2261000
IIIrd Floor ,Bhawani Bhawan
Alipore, Kolkata – 700 0027
Phone Numbers – 033 2450 6100
Fax Number – 033 2450 6174
DIG, CID, Crime and Railways
Sector 18, Gandhinagar 382 018
+91-79-2325 3917 (Fax)
IG-CID, Organized Crime
Rajarani Building, Doranda Ranchi, 834002
Ph: +91-651-2400 737/ 738
Don’t ignore crimes, no matter how small they may seem to be. You have a need to speak for yourself, and an obligation to lend your voice to those in need. Concluding with the words of Elie Wiesel:
“We must take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented. Sometimes we must interfere.”
– Elie Wiesel, The Night Trilogy: Night, Dawn, the Accident
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