Cybercrime, also called computer crime, makes the use of a computer as an instrument to further illegal ends, such as committing fraud, trafficking in child pornography and intellectual property, stealing identities, or violating privacy. Cybercrime has grown as the importance of the computer has become central to commerce, entertainment, and government.
According to the Information Technology Act, 2005 a cybercrime comes has global jurisdiction which means that a cyber crime complaint may be registered with any of the cyber cells in India, irrespective of the place where it was primarily committed.
Steps to register a cyber crime complaint:
- Register a written (detailed) complaint with the cyber crime cell of the city are currently living in.
- The cybercrime complaint shall consist of your name, contact details, and address for mailing and it should be addressed to the Head of the Cyber Crime Cell of the city.
What if your city does not have a cyber cell?
Most of the cyber crimes covered under the Indian Penal Code are categorized as cognizable offences. Therefore, they can register a cybercrime FIR at the nearest local police station to report them. So, if your city doesn’t have a cyber cell, then register a Cyber Crime FIR at your local police station. If at all, your complaint is not registered there, you can approach the Commissioner or the Judicial Magistrate of your city.
Under Section 154, Code of Criminal Procedure, it is mandatory for every police officer to record the information/complaint of an offence. If there happens to occur an issue of jurisdiction then in such a case, a police officer is required to record a Zero FIR from the complainant which then should be forwarded to the police station under the jurisdiction of the place where the offence was committed.
Complaints based on Email(s):
- A brief description/detail about the offence
- A copy of the alleged email as received by the original receiver
- The complete header of the alleged email
- Hard copies of the alleged email and its header
- Soft copy of the alleged email and its header
- Ensure that the soft copy is provided in a CD.
For Social Media Based Complaints:
- A screenshot of the alleged profile/content
- The URL of the alleged content
- A hard copy of the alleged content
- Soft copy of the alleged content in a CD
Cyber Cells in India
Delhi Cyber Crime Cell EOW
Address: Room No. 11, DCP Office, IP Extension Mandawali, Fazalpur, New Delhi, Delhi 110092
Contact: 011 2223 2116
Email ID: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
Dehradun Cyber Cell
Email ID: email@example.com
Gujarat Cyber Crime Cell
Address: First floor, Police Bhavan, Sector 18, Gandhinagar
Contact: (079) 23246330/23254344
Email ID: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, Dcpfirstname.lastname@example.org
Visakhapatnam City Cyber Cell
Address: CCS building in the premises of II Town Police Station, Dabagardens, Visakhapatnam City – 530020
Contact: Inspector of Police – 9490617917; Sub-Inspector of Police – 9490617916.
Email ID:email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
Bangalore Cyber Crime Cell
Address: Cyber Crime Police Station, CID Annexe Building, Carlton House, # 1, Palace Road, Bangalore – 560001
Email ID: firstname.lastname@example.org
Nagaland Police Headquarters
Address: Nagaland Police Headquarters, P. R. Hill, Kohima – 797001, Nagaland
Contact: (0370) 2243711/2243713
Email ID: email@example.comfirstname.lastname@example.org
Rajasthan Police Department
Uttar Pradesh Cyber Crime Cell
Email ID: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
Lucknow Cyber Crime Cell
Economic Offences Wing
Address: V-Floor, Indira Bhawan, Ashok Marg, Lucknow
Contact: (0522) 2287253
Email ID: email@example.com