‘Fake SIM card being used for sextortion, being implicated by making WhatsApp video calls’

Cases of online sexual blackmailing are being seen every day. Could it be related to fake SIM cards? Bihar Police has ordered to crack down on SIM cards purchased through fake documents. Police have asked telecom companies to take action against customers who have issued SIM cards on fake documents. Additional DG, Economic Offenses Unit, Nayyar Hasnain Khan said that cases of sexual abuse 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.

He said that there are many gangs in Rajasthan, Delhi, Jharkhand and West Bengal, who are blackmailing people on WhatsApp video calls and extorting money through their associates in Bihar. Nayyar Hasnain Khan said that these criminals use mobile SIM cards issued on fake and forged documents. That’s why we have asked telecom service providers to book customers with SIM issued on fake documents.

He said that we are in constant touch with senior officers of Delhi, Rajasthan, Jharkhand and West Bengal Police to identify and arrest the active cyber criminals from there.

In most cases, cybercriminals do WhatsApp chat with the help of fake accounts. Usually targets men. After sending some messages, the woman associated with the gang makes a video call to the victim. During the call she starts taking off her clothes. After this, by sending the same recording, the criminals start extorting money from the victim. Failure to do so threatens to share videos and pictures on social media.

According to the police, cybercriminals send screenshots of the video to the victim. In return, money is demanded. Fraudsters make video calls to random numbers.

The Additional DG said that in Bihar’s Nawada, Gaya, Nalanda, Jamui and Sheikhpura districts, there are cybercriminals who are acting as accomplices for interstate sextortion gangs operating from Rajasthan, Delhi, Jharkhand and West Bengal. He said that the District Police is on high alert in these areas of Bihar. A search operation is being conducted to nab the active cyber criminals there. He urged the victims to lodge a complaint with the nearest police station. Claimed that there are a large number of such cases, but only 2-3 per cent of the victims are reaching the police.

Police have asked common citizens not to engage in video calls with people they do not know.