Patna: Amid a spurt in cases of sexual blackmailing on the internet, Bihar Police has ordered a crackdown on SIM cards obtained through forged documents. police gave this information. The police have asked telecom companies to take action against customers who get SIM cards on the basis of forged documents. Additional Director General (ADGP) of Economic Offenses Wing Nayyar Hasnain Khan said, “Sexual abuse cases are increasing in the state. The Economic and Cyber Crime Division (ECCD) of Bihar Police has registered around 15 such cases in the last three-four months. It has taken the form of an organized crime.
According to the ADGP, there are several gangs in Rajasthan, Delhi, Jharkhand and West Bengal, who are extorting money from people by blackmailing them through WhatsApp video calls through their associates in Bihar. “These criminals use SIM cards issued on the basis of forged documents. This is the reason why we have directed the telecom service providers to take action against the customers who issue SIM cards on the basis of forged documents. We are in constant touch with the authorities to identify those cyber criminals who carry out such incidents from there.
According to officials, in most cases cybercriminals mainly target men through WhatsApp chats with fake accounts. He told that after sending some messages, a woman involved in the gang makes a video call to the person concerned on the number found during the conversation and during this time starts taking off her clothes. According to officials, the woman then starts blackmailing the victim with her nude video recording as evidence. She threatens to upload his pictures on social media. Khan explained the modus operandi of such gangs, “Cyber criminals send screenshots of videos and demand money in return. These fraudsters make video calls to random numbers on which a naked woman chats with the targeted victim.
The ADGP said cyber criminals based in Nawada, Gaya, Nalanda, Jamui and Sheikhpura districts in the state are acting as accomplices to inter-state ‘sextortion’ gangs operating from Rajasthan, Delhi, Jharkhand and West Bengal. “The district police is already on high alert in these areas and a search operation is underway to nab the active cyber criminals there,” the official said. That they should come forward and file a formal complaint with the police. People should immediately report sexual abuse to the nearest police station. Don’t hesitate to lodge a complaint.” According to Khan, such incidents are happening in large numbers, but hardly two to three per cent of the victims approach the police. “We request people not to interact over video calls with unknown persons. Accepting a stranger’s friend request or video call on WhatsApp can land you in trouble.
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