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Some tips to prevent the most common cyber crime – cyber stalking

January 31, 2007

No extensive studies have been carried out on cyber stalking, but the best one I found on the net was this one by Wired Safety. It says that “cyberstalking is on the rise and women, senior citizens and children are the most likely targets.” Well, considering that more than a million women and almost 400,000 men are stalked annually (quoting United States figures, ncvc stats), it follows that cyber-stalking is following suit. As more and more people become computer savvy, the population of cyber stalkers is imitating real life. Unfortunately, no such survey has been carried out in India but from the growing number of cyber stalking cases reported in the media it is clear that cyber stalking, hitherto unknown here is reaching alarming proportions.

An example from India:

Manish Kathuria was recently arrested by the New Delhi Police in India’s first case of cyberstalking. He was stalking Ritu Kohli by illegally chatting on the Web site MIRC using her name. He used obscene and obnoxious language, and distributed her residence telephone number, inviting people to chat with her on the phone. As a result of which, Ritu kept getting obscene calls from everywhere, and people promptly talked dirty with her. In a state of shock, she called the Delhi police and reported the matter. For once, the police department did not waste time swinging into action, and a case has been registered under Section 509 of the Indian Penal Code for outraging the modesty of Ritu Kohli…

A Financial Express report says:

“Cyber crimes in India are slowly evolving from a simple e-mail crime (sending obscene materials over e-mail) to more serious crimes like hacking and source code theft. …there are also cases involving sending obscene e-mails to women colleagues from their male counterparts…usually such messages are sent out from cyber cafes. However, with the help of internet service providers, the police can trace where these mails have been sent from.”

The methods used by cyber stalkers all over the world are the following:

E-mail/ instant messaging
Identity theft
Building hate websites
Posting false profiles
Hacking
Posting fake sex ads/images of victim online
Provoking attacks against the victim by others
Posing as the victim and attacking others
Contacting victim’s family or employer
Posting in a newsgroup or on a bulletin board, online
Following the victim from site to site

Cyber stalkers have been classified into different categories
1) Obesessed lovers.
2) Delusional people who often believe that a stranger is or can fall in love with them…as in the case of fans stalking celebrities.
3) Vengeful cyber stalkers are those who have a grudge against his victim due to some minor or imagined reason.
4) Racist stalkers who target particular communities
5) Egoistic aggressors who want to show-off to their friends.

As this site says:“63,000 internet stalkers travelling the information superhighway, stalking approximately 4,74,000 victims at any given time”

So its best to take some advice from experts:
1) No to sharing personal information online
2) No to filling out profiles on websites
3) No to using gender specific or provocative screen names or e-mail addresses
4) No to flirting or arguing online
5) No to sharing your passwords
6) Yes to setting up a special e-mail address for cyber contact
7) Yes to a good anti-virus program
8. No to replying to cyberstalkers
9) Yes to saving all communications on your computer
10) And yes to reporting cyberstalking to the police! Its a grave matter, so take it as such

India’s new laws aim to protect citizens:

“While it is difficult to monitor people surfing on home PCs, daily entries at cyber cafes should be strictly monitored opines Rohas Nagpal, president, Asian School of Cyber Laws. “The laws for mandatory registration for every first visit by a customer to a cyber cafe is a must across all over India now. Ideally, every person should provide contact details and a photo identity when visiting a cafe for the first time,” adds Nagpal. “

Do laws deter cyberstalkers?
Many doubt the efficacy of such a rule as cyber cafe owners are often casual in their approach or may be hand in glove with the stalker. However, while this new rule will not deter the hardened stalkers, it will certainly deter any eogistic Tom, Dick or Raju from having fun at the expense of someone else. He will be forced to provide identification like a driving licence before he is allowed to use a computer.
In fact this site reports that soon there will be web cameras installed so that every person’s photograph will be taken before he starts to browse! Besides, special ID cards may be issued.
Why all these laws? Well, the government has been provoked to think up these measures as several high level government functionaries have recieved threatening emails from cybercafes.

Here are some important addresses and telephone numbers.

    Mumbai Police: Cybercellmumbai.com
    Cyber Crime Investigation Cell (Crime Branch, C.I.D), Annex-III Building, Police Commissioner Office, Crawford Market, Mumbai. 22630829/22641261
    officer@cybercellmumbai.com
    Mumbai Cyber Lab: Mumbaicyberlab.org
    Delhi Police: Delhipolice.nic.in
    Chandigarh Police: Chandigarhpolice.nic.in
    Assam Police: Assampolice.com
    Haryana Police: Haryanapolice.nic.in
    Himachal Pradesh Police: Hppolice.nic.in
    Hyderabad: Crime Investigation Department, 3rd Floor, D.G.P. Office, Lakdikapool, Hyderabad-500004
    23240663, 27852274, 23297474 (Fax)
    cidap@cidap.gov.in
    info@cidap.gov.in
    Cidap.gov.in/cybercrimes.aspx
    Bangalore for the Whole of Karnataka
    Cyber Crime Police Station. C.O.D Headquarters, Carlton House,
    # 1, Palace Road, Bangalore – 560 001. 22201026/22943050
    2387611 (FAX)
    ccps@kar.nic.in
    Cyberpolicebangalore.nic.in
    Chennai for Rest of Tamil Nadu
    Cyber Crime Cell. CB, CID
    Chennai. 98414-22844
    venmathi_vip@yahoo.co.in
    Chennai
    Assistant Comissioner of Police
    Cyber Crime Cell
    Commissioner office Campus
    Egmore, Chennai- 600008. 55498211
    Mobile: 98410-13541
    Res: 25500503.
    cyberac@rediffmail.com
    CBI Cyber Crime Cell: Cyber Crime Investigation Cell Central Bureau of Investigation, 5th Floor, Block No.3, CGO Complex, Lodhi Road, New Delhi – 3, Phone: 4362203, 4392424 : EMail: cbiccic@bol.net.in. Web: CBI.nic.in

Related Reading: Censorship on students using Social Networking sites in India
The Dark side of the Internet
Private lives are exposed on the net but not many care

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14 Comments leave one →
  1. February 1, 2007 8:32 pm

    Thanks for helping spread the word. I would welcome your help in building better information for everyone, especially those in India. Interested in joining? Please contact me personally. In the meantime, again, thanks!

    Parry Aftab,
    Executive Director,
    WiredSafety.org

  2. Devshree Bhardwaj permalink
    February 20, 2007 6:07 pm

    Thanks for such an informative article on the uprising cyber crime. I am personally facing some problem related to same, these days and am desperately searching for some useful information and contacts. Now i may definitely think of going ahead and lodging a complaint without losing any time.

  3. April 23, 2007 3:48 pm

    it is true that cyber crimes mostly target women and teenage children. the law in India regarding cyber offences and punishment is still young and needs to be amended . the article provides important tips as well as various informations which were unknown before.

  4. Badhal Pawan permalink
    May 2, 2007 5:01 pm

    Hi,

    I have been trying to Contact Chennai CB CID & Local Police Department for past 2 months, but am still unable to reach. I had reported against a “KIDNEY BROKER” but my e-mail was ignored.

    I would appreciate if anybody could mail me Proper Contact Information (E-Mail Address) of Chennai CB CID and Police Department.

    your suggestion will be appreciated.

    Badhal Pawan
    badhal.pawan (at)gmail.com

  5. May 20, 2007 12:33 am

    Dear Sir/Madam,
    Recently i have been offered an employement through e mail in U.K. My recruitment agency asked for some money as processing fee for work permit.I did the same as they showed some documents looks like original.They have shown me my employee company appointment letter(Chevron North Sea Limited, UK) and shown LLOYDS TSB BANK,UK rembursement letter,even work permit of UK Government.I was surprised when the again asked for some more money to open an salary accout with LLOYDS Bank.I was very furious and took help of some expert in web world and got informed that i have been cheated.I have received fake documents.They have created web site address or hacker. I am afraid that i will not get back my money.I wrote to UK police, UK emmbesy, chevron USA, Chevron UK, LLoyds Bank UK.But nobody is helping me out.Kindly help me to catch this worldwide racket.I came to know so many others also suffered in India.

    Surjeet Dhara
    surjeetdhara@yahoo.com
    neenadhara@yahoo.co.in

  6. hnno permalink
    June 4, 2007 8:15 pm

    Dear Surjeet Dhara, and All;

    recently, I have been cheated too. Unfortunately, I Knew it is cheating case after I transfered the first batch of money (i.e. for OTIP certificate). every thing was look like orignal documents, and I think they request for more money as they still thinking I am a good victum. really, it was the same scenario that was happened with you (I mean the company name, work permit,…etc).

    please, if you found any way to returen your money, let me know, I will appreciate it.

    Thanks,
    hnno.

  7. nitin kumar permalink
    July 9, 2007 6:30 pm

    for about a month i am receiving the mails which says that i am the winner of $100,000/- us dollar and a BMW car. some says even more $19.5 million US dollar.
    is there any method to trace these types of people. please tell me. i am sending some e mails matter that i have received

    Thanks

    mail 1

    WINNING NOTIFICATION
    The prestigious Microsoft and AOL has set out and successfully organised a Sweepstakes marking the middle of year anniversary we rolled out over 100,000.000.00 (One Hundred Million Great BritainPounds) for our middle of year Anniversary Draws.For more information and to file for your claim Please Contact your Financial Controller via email immediately with details below:
    Mr.William Gray
    Head Winning Claims Dept.
    Email:consultwilliamgray07uk@yahoo.co.uk
    TEL:+447011135855

    Sincerely,
    Mr.James Robert
    Head Customercare Service
    Microsoft Promotion Team

    mail 2

    Dear Winner,

    Congratulations once again from all the staff here. Your e-mail address which is(nitinkumar001@rediffmail.com) attached to ticket number EL-23133 EL-35,serial numberEL-123542 and reference number EL-9318 drew winning number 14-6-7-9-07,consequently won in the 2ND category, you have therefore been approved for a lump sum pay out of £700,000.00(Seven Hundred Thousand pounds sterling).AND A BRAND NEW 2005 HAUSKAA VAPPUA MERCEDES BENZ CAR in cash credited tofile reference number: IPL/4249859609/WP1 which is deposited with a Finance & Security Company in your favor as beneficiary and Covered with HIGH INSURANCE POLICY.

    This is from a total cash prize of £700,000.00(Seven Hundred Thousand pounds sterling).AND A BRAND NEW 2005 HAUSKAA VAPPUA MERCEDES BENZ CAR shared amongst the (11) lucky winners in this category. Due to mix up of some numbers and names, we ask that you keep your winning information confidential until your claims have been fully processed and your money remitted to you. This is part of our security protocol to avoid multiple claims and unwarranted abuse of this program by some participants.All participants were selected through a computer ballot system drawn from over 20,000 company and 30,000,000 individual email addresses and names from all over the world.

    This promotional program takes place every five years.This lottery was promoted and sponsored by a conglomerate of some multinational companies in Europe as part of their social responsibility to the citizens in the communities where they have operational base. We hope with part of your winnings you will take part in our next year Ten million pounds Accu Lottery.

    mail 3

    ATTENTION: Nitin Kumar,

    This is to inform you that the attorney has put together the perfected paper work in your name as the beneficairy of the sum of $19.5 million us dollars and your information has been send to the Deplomatic Courier Company to deliver the funds to you in your country without any delay this should take not longer than a day or two depends on your zeal to see this project to a good end. In this light, I am sending you the information of the Deplomatic Firm so you can make enquiries on how they will deliver the funds to you.

    like I said earlier that you contact the company immedaitky you recieve this email, so that they can effect the delivery to you in your door step this will not attract the monetary bodies this is the best way the attorney has planned out to see this project through within few days from now.

    Please find below the Courier Company information. I am happy to inform you that the Original certificate of deposite and your Certified bank cheque of 19.5 million us dollars has been fowarded to the courier company by the attorney who has give this transaction a leagl right from the Honk Kong Court so you have nothing to worry about than to follow the intruction of the Deplomatic company to make sure they deliver the funds to you as soon as possible. Find below the details of the courier company.

    TNT COURIER SERVICES
    ADDRESS OF HEAD OFFICE:Link House, 1C CHURCH STREET ,
    WHITCHURCH, HANTS , RG28 7AD ENGLAND .
    NAME: Colin Moore (dispatch officer)
    EMAIL: tntdeplomatic2007@yahoo.co.uk
    TEL & Fax: +44700149553

    You are advised to send the courier company a mail to their email address for their courier cost of delivery to deliver the funds to you that is your only responsiblity in this transaction for i have pay for the cost of the attorney to have your change as the beneficiary of the sum of $19.5 million us dollars and other settlement to pefect the paper work backing this claim all this has cost me alot of money so you have nothing to worry about, i want you to send me a copy of your international passport or drivers lisence for me to know who iam dealing with because we are taking about huge sum of money as soon as i receive your ID i shall send you my ID for you to know me.

    Note: you are to send your complete names, direct phone number so that they can honour your letter.thank you very much waiting to hear from you soon.

    Your Brother,
    Song Lile

    Attached here is a copy of our verifications form, please fill accordingly so as to proceed with your winnings. Once again congratulations from all the staff of Accu lottery.

  8. July 9, 2007 6:46 pm

    Ofcourse there is a way to track the person or company. You need to complain to the cyber police cell in your city with a copy of th email. Only they have the ability to do it as they have official contact with emal service providers.

  9. Ashiq permalink
    August 16, 2007 9:12 am

    Hi,
    I am also interested int his kind of articles.I am also making contents for a cyber crime awareness site. I think u can hepl me in this..Suggest your ideas if you dont mind.

    Regards
    Ashiq Azeez
    Information Security Engineer

  10. August 16, 2007 9:16 am

    Ashiq, you are doing good and useful work but I am afraid I am not the right person to help you. I am a writer who has limited knowledge of each subject. I am not an expert on anything except writing. Even the latter, I have a lot to learn!

  11. Sanjit Setua permalink
    September 4, 2007 3:12 pm

    Thanks all for their comments.
    I am interested to get the information about different types of cyber crimes. With my student group we are trying to update the knowledgebase of the user groups.

  12. Anil kumar Saini permalink
    May 7, 2011 12:54 pm

    for about a month i am receiving the mails which says that i am the winner of $500,000/- us dollar and a BMW car. some says even more $19.5 million US dollar.
    is there any method to trace these types of people. please tell me. i am sending some e mails matter that i have received

    BMW INT’L AWARENESS PROMOTION DEPARTMENT
    342, Oxford Circle, Industrial Estate
    London United Kingdom.

    Dear Lucky winner,

    This mail is to officially inform you about the completion of your winning verification process and on the other hand to intimate you that your winning Prize of One Million Great Britain Pounds Sterling {£1,000,000.00 GBP} have been approved by the BMW Automobile Company.

    Do be informed that we will dispatch your parcel today midnight UK and our delivery officer (Mrs. Jennifer Scott) will come over to India on Wednesday 4th May 2011 alongside your parcel containing your Demand Draft (1,000,000.00 GBP) which is over seven crore rupees (70,449,159.71 INR) after conversion and other legal documents from the British Government backing your winning amount.

    Your Backup Documents include a covering document of Money Laundering Protection, Letter of Affidavit for Claims from the British Government, Insurance as well as Winning Certificate.

    Your winning amount will be transferred from the Reserve Bank of India to your local bank account; Mrs. Jennifer Scott will assist you on the transfer formalities. As soon as Mrs. Jennifer Scott arrive your country, she will proceed to the Reserve Bank of India, on reaching the R.B.I. she will call you to inform you on the transfer requirement.

    After the amount is completely transferred to your local bank account, Mrs. Jennifer Scott will proceed to your home to hand over your backup documents to you and also snap photograph with you and your family.

    Congratulation once again.

    Yours Faithfully
    John Clifford
    Promotion Manager
    BMW Automobile Company
    Tel :+( 44)871-3158-125

    ATTN:Mr Anil S Kumar
    You have to endorse your signature in the attached certificate and arrange for the charges of 47,500 Inrs for the Police verification and registration as you can see i have already endorse my signature
    upon confirmation of the payment i shall proceed immediately to your city for the save delivery,

    Date: Wed, 4 May 2011 09:57:10 +0000
    From: customercare@rbieservicedept.co.in
    To: anilsainipkl@gmail.com
    CC: diplomatmrsscoth@hotmail.com
    Subject: TRANSFER YOUR FUND ONLINE IMMEDIATELY‏‏

    Reserve Bank of India Building
    Harsha Bhawan,E- Block,
    Connaught Place,New Delhi – 110001, INDIA
    Customer care Line 011-65032572
    04/04/2011
    IN LIEU TO THE TRANSFER OF FUNDS.

    Dear Customer,
    You are welcome once again to Reserve Bank of India (RBI). We are pleased to be at your service. This is to notify you once again that we have received a Demand Draft of £1,000,000.00 from your processing officer in respect of your winning which has also been refer to us for transfer to your personal account.
    We are also informing you that your account activation requirements has been received, therefore your information has been fully processed and verified.

    Be informed that your fund supplied to us is in a bonded Demand Draft in British pounds sterling’s, which has been fully processed and endorsed by the ministry of finance with the endorsement stamp as well as approval of the Governor of the Reserve Bank. An online Account has been opened for you, to enable you transfer your fund to your designated Bank account of your choice, with the directions in the R.B.I home page.

    An online transit account has been reserved for you and have been adequately credited with the sum of £1,000, 000.00 which have be converted to Seven Crore, Twenty Six Lakhs, Thirty Five Thousand, Seven Hundred Two and Nine Paise (7,26,35,372.9 INR) for transfer as received from your processing officer (Mrs. Jennifer Scott), Therefore, your current account balance is 7,26,35,372.9 INR with this account, you will have to transfer the fund online yourself by following the instructions below carefully.

    To view your account Statement and make transactions in your Account, you are to click on the link below and login to our secure customer log in home page, with your Account number and Pin included below and follow the instructions.

    If clicking the link does not wok, please copy and paste into your web browser instead.

    Direct Login Link – http://rbonlindianlnt.co.in/onlinebanking

    Once you are there, you will find Customer Login click on to access your account statement.

    YOUR ONLINE ACCOUNT LOGIN DETAILS IS AS FOLLOWS:
    +++++++++++++++++++++++

    Customer Number: 511189
    Transaction ID: 72
    Pin: 700967
    Sort code: 172-92-17
    AMOUNT: 72635372.9
    +++++++++++++++++++++++

    Once you login to your Account, you are to look to the left side, and click on the Fund Transfer info and follow the information’s from step 1 to step 3 to Transfer your fund completely to your Bank account without delay.

    SPECIAL NOTICE:
    Your fund in the account is on a TRANSIT BASIS, to be expired with in 7 days, after which it expires and the account will be barred.
    Our credit facilities are subject to status further; we reserve the right to decline an account application. We believe it is important to make clear to our customers how information is being used at Reserve Bank of India (RBI), the benefits such use provides, and the protections put in place against unauthorized access and use.
    We respect your privacy and the confidentiality of your personal information.
    Contact us on the customer help line at top of this mail for further clarification or any difficulty.
    For any help and problems do not hesitate to contact us, and If you find any problem opening the above link, kindly contact us for any assistance you may need:
    Treat with kind attention and reply to our official email address below.

    Note: A copy of this email also forwarded to your delivery officer for her personal update.
    We look forward to serving you better.

    Best Regards,
    Customer service department
    Reserve Bank of India.
    Customer care line011-65032572

    Sir Plz contact me my no- 09780068124, Chandigarh

  13. sergio permalink
    May 26, 2011 3:29 pm

    i think cyberstalkers are people that needs help seriously thats sick people that stalk otha ppl y

  14. OrganizedStalking ChennaiCity permalink
    August 19, 2014 8:25 pm

    Good Article, You have classified Cyber stalkers into 5 categories , please add a 6th Category : Organized Stalker or Gang Stalker .
    I have been a victim of Cyber stalking which is part of Organized Stalking or Gang Stalking in Chennai for the past 6 years. I have filed several complaints with the cyber crime cell , chennai and the CBI , but have got no relief.
    Cyber crime in India has a low conviction rate of less than 0.5% (Check National Crime Records Bureau website for the latest statistics) and that is what is allowing this crime to thrive and grow with impunity.

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