How can you file online complaint about Cyber Crime?

It’s Forensic presents, this article in order to brief you about how to file an online complaint about the cyber-crime.

CYBER CRIMES

Shubham Kumar

1/26/20245 min read

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With the advent of advanced technologies, crimes which doesn’t require physical presence but virtual presences, have been expanding like a thunderstorm. Precisely speaking, crimes like Cyber Crime have witnessed evolution and increase in commission and omission. Daily many people are becoming the victim of cybercrimes, and most importantly, they don’t know what they should, after they became the victim of cyber-crimes.

Therefore, for aur dear citizens, It’s Forensic presents, this article in order to brief you about how to file an online complaint about the cyber-crime. Moreover, this article also provides you the helpline number and precautions which you should take to deal with the Cyber Crimes.

Two methods to complaint about cyber crime.

First a fall, it’s our deep condolence for those who have met the fate of becoming the victim of cyber-crime, and we pray for punishment of that offender and your compensation, whichever suitable. Now, if you ever became the victim of any kind of cyber-crime, then you have two options to take your move. You can either complaint via helpline number (155260) or you can file an online complaint on National Cyber Crime Reporting Portal.

Complaint via Helpline Number

Whenever you found yourself being exploited by any kind of cyber-crime, it’s the best option to register your complaint as soon as possible. You can make a complaint via dialing the helpline number given by National Cyber Crime Reporting Portal. You can either complaint via helpline number (155260) or you can file an online complaint on National Cyber Crime Reporting Portal. Remember you can make call in this time limit only. Generally, women are found to be the most common victim of cyber-crimes. Therefore, female victims are advised to register their complaint on national police helpline number 100 and national helpline’s number 181 too.

File Online Complaint about Cyber Crime

For every victim of cyber-crimes, it is advised to complaint as soon as possible so as to catch the culprit. Victims have choice that they can either complaint via helpline number or can file online complaints. However, it’s highly advised to cover both aspects. Victim should also file an online complaint to increase the essence of investigation.

You can file an online complaint by using the National Cyber Crime Reporting Portal. This portal takes the complaints of cyber-crimes related to Cyber Crime Related to Women/Child, financial frauds and other major types of cyber-crimes. Moreover, this portal also provides you the facility to either report anonymously or report and track the offender.

Below highlighted are the steps that how can you file and online complaint against Cyber Crime from National Cyber Crime Reporting Portal.

Step 1: Visit National Cyber Crime Reporting Portal

Open google chrome or any authenticated web browser, and type “https://www.cybercrime.gov.in“or you can click on this to visit the portal Cyber Crime Portal.

On opening this portal, you will see the interface of National Cyber Crime Reporting Portal. There you will find two buttons. Click on the button “File a Complaint.”

After clicking, a pop up will appear asking you to read the instructions and important points to keep in mind while filing a complaint. After reading, click on the button “I Accept”.

Step 2: Select the Criteria under which you want to file complaint

After clicking “I Accept” the next window will appear. This window will ask you to select your criteria, or which type of Cyber Crime complaint you are going to file. There will be two categories, “Report Cyber Crime Related to Women/Child” and “REPORT CYBER CRIME”

Report Cyber Crime Related to Women/Child– This category is specifically created for the female and child victims. Since, females and children are vulnerable to more exploitation and suffer humiliation even after punishing criminals, therefore, are supportive facilities too. Facilities like “Report Anonymously” and “Report and Track”

REPORT CYBER CRIME– This category is specifically created to register financial frauds and other types of cyber-crimes. If you are the victim of hacking, identity theft, phishing, data diddling, etc. then you can file and online complaint using this category.

Step 3: Login into the portal and update your information

After selecting any of your desired category, a pop up menus will appear asking your citizen login. If you have a login account on this postal, then log in that existing account.

If you don’t have any account on this portal, then click on the “Click Here for New User”. Fill the details required to log-in as citizen. Register by selecting your state, creating a login ID, entering your mobile number, and clicking “Get OTP.” Enter the received OTP, solve a sum, and click “Submit.

Once you have logged in, you will be transferred to the next page where you have to update your personal details including name, email, and address. Click “Next” after entering all details.

Step 4: Select the Category to File Complaint

Once you are finished with the login and updating process, you are now good to go to file an online complaint for cyber-crime. Now select the category of your complaint. If you are a female victim or anyone who wants to file complaint related to female and child exploitation, you can select the “Report Cyber Crime Related to Women/Child”, you can either select “Report Anonymously” or “Report and Track”. If you are going to file a complaint for financial frauds or any other type of cyber-crimes, then you can select “REPORT CYBER CRIME“.

Step 5: Fill the details on complaint page, also fill the suspect details if you have

After selecting the complaint category and subcategory, fill the rest details including- date & time of incident, location, upload evidence, and provide additional info. Click “Save as Draft & Next.

On the next page, you have to fill the details about the suspect or the one against which you are filing a complaint. Enter suspect details if any, including ID, email, address, and photo. Click “Save as Draft & Next.

Step 6: Provide your Id Proof

After filling the complaint details and suspect details, on the next page, you have to provide your ID proof. Remember, the ID proof should be of victim. If you are not the victim and filing the complaint on behalf of the victim, then state your relationship with the victim.

Step 7: Register the Complaint and take the copy of complaint

After providing all the necessary details, you can click on preview to check everything is all right or not. If everything is all right, you are good to go with button “I Agree,” and then click “Confirm & Submit.”

Don’t forget to get the copy of your complaint, you can get the copy of you complaint by clicking on button “Download PDF”.

How to avoid Cyber Crimes | Precautions

Having a government portal to track Cyber Crimes is one thing, and being precautious about cyber crimes is one thing. What do you think which is more important. Absolutely, being self aware and precautious is very important. Therefore, below are some precautions, which you should follow to protect yourself from becoming victims of cyber crime.

Use Strong Passwords: Create complex passwords with a mix of letters, numbers, and symbols. Avoid using easily guessable information like birthdays or names. Regularly update passwords and avoid using the same password for multiple accounts.

Enable Two-Factor Authentication (2FA): Enable 2FA whenever possible to add an extra layer of security. This typically involves receiving a code on your mobile device in addition to entering your password.

Keep Software Updated: Regularly update your operating system, antivirus software, and applications to patch security vulnerabilities.

Be Cautious with Emails: Avoid opening emails from unknown or suspicious senders.

Be cautious with email attachments and links; don’t click on them unless you are sure of their legitimacy.

Use Secure Wi-Fi: Secure your home Wi-Fi network with a strong password. Avoid using public Wi-Fi for sensitive transactions, or use a virtual private network (VPN) for added security.

Be Mindful of Social Media: Review and adjust your privacy settings on social media platforms. Avoid sharing personal information such as your address or phone number publicly.

Install and Update Security Software: Use reputable antivirus and anti-malware software and keep it updated. Run regular scans on your devices to detect and remove any malicious software.

Conclusion

Cyber Crimes have been in continues evolution, and so the technologies and so the methods. We can predict, their each and every move. However, one thing is we can predict. That their each and every action is bypassed by our carelessness. Therefore, if we want to protect ourselves, then became precautious and be careful. This article has provided core guidelines as precautions. By adopting these practices, you can significantly reduce the risk of falling victim to cybercrimes and enhance your overall online security.

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