Cybercrime ALERT! Are You Getting Calls From Numbers With +254, +84, +63? Here’s What You Need To Do!

Home Ministry’s Indian Cybercrime Coordination Centre (14C) has issued a warning to prevent innocent people from becoming victims of cybercrime

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Cybercrime ALERT! Are You Getting Calls From Numbers With +254, +84, +63? Here’s What You Need To Do!
Technological advancements come with consequences and cyber crime is currently at its all-time high. While several shocking stories have made it to the headlines, the Home Ministry’s Indian Cybercrime Coordination Centre (14C) has issued a warning about getting missed calls, messages, or calls on WhatsApp from numbers starting with +254, +84, +63, or other international numbers.

The alert is being circulated to prevent innocent people from becoming victims of cybercrime. Experts have also advised people to “Report and block” the numbers and report about the same.

data analysts and forensic experts are working relentlessly for the government to curb the menace informed ANI and that such international numbers have “Singapore, Vietnam, and Malaysia” origin and unscrupulous elements could steal financial data.

An expert in cyber intelligence and digital forensics told ANI on condition of anonymity, “This is a new cybercrime trend. People across India irrespective of their profession have been receiving calls and missed calls on WhatsApp from +254, +84, +63, +1(218) or other international numbers, and some of them have become victims of cybercrime. It has become more frequent.”

Another cyber intelligence and digital forensics expert, who works with another expert in cyber intelligence and digital forensics, who works with the government, suggested that people should “report and block numbers like +254, +84, +63 or other international numbers if there is missed call alert or calls on WhatsApp.”

“Cyber awareness and hygiene are one of the important aspects in policing and it is a much-appreciated initiative,” the official added.

Other experts maintained that these calls and alerts are made or sent by unscrupulous elements at any time.

“From early morning between 6 am to 7 am or late in the night, such calls are being received by people from all groups whether he or she is a private employee, businessman, retired government officer or even school and college boy or girl. We need to be just aware of such calls,” another expert was quoted by India.com. 

A message starting from +243 said: 

“Hello, my name is Allena, may I take a few minutes of your time?

“Now that the 5G era of the Internet has arrived, there are already many people who make money through the Internet. I believe you know it too. I must be added to make money. If you don’t speak, you may miss an opportunity at a turning point in your life. There are not many opportunities. I hope you see and then respond to my message."

If a person or organisation faces a cyber-attack, the matter can be reported on the cybercrime.gov.in website, the experts said, adding “a focussed work is being done with the help of I4C to curb cyber menace by the central agencies”.

Union Home Minister Amit Shah reviewed the functioning of the Indian Cyber Crime Coordination Centre (I4C) back in March and shared that the wing is working for realising Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of a cyber-success society.

He further shared that the I4C is enabling effective and seamless coordination among all agencies and states in the battle against cybercrimes. 

The India.com report also maintained that the Indian Cyber Crime Coordination Centre, a “special purpose unit” of the Centre, has saved over Rs 12 crore of cybercrime victims over the years since its inception in 2018. I4C has a dedicated ‘Cyber Citizen, Cyber Fraud Reporting and Management System’.

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