A novel cybercrime, known as Digital Arrest, involves fraudsters assuming the identity of law enforcement officials to trick individuals.
Perpetrators of Digital Arrest use deceptive tactics, leading victims to believe that their Aadhaar card, SIM card, bank card, or bank account has been implicated in criminal activities.
The fraudulent scheme relies on the creation of false accusations, causing panic and distress among targeted individuals.
One of the primary objectives of Digital Arrest is extortion, as criminals coerce victims into paying money to avoid supposed legal consequences.
The criminals exploit fabricated information to make their victims believe they are in legal trouble, using fear as a tool for financial gain.
The scam involves a multi-step process where fraudsters contact individuals, falsely claiming to be law enforcement officials, and alleging their involvement in criminal activities.
Fabricated evidence is often presented to victims, further convincing them of their supposed legal entanglement and pressuring them to comply with the extortion demands.
Digital Arrest preys on the trust individuals place in law enforcement, capitalizing on this trust to manipulate victims and extract money.
The cybercriminals leverage technology to make their impersonation more convincing, using various digital channels to contact and intimidate their targets.
To protect against Digital Arrest, individuals should exercise caution when receiving unsolicited communication from purported law enforcement, verify the authenticity of claims independently, and report any suspicious activity to relevant authorities.