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Cybercrimes from Southeast Asia

Facts for Prelims (FFP)


Source: IE

Context: Criminals based in Southeast Asia, particularly in Myanmar, Laos, and Cambodia, are orchestrating online scams that have caught a significant number of Indians.


According to the Indian Cybercrime Coordination Centre (I4C), 46% of reported frauds from January to April, amounting to a staggering Rs 1,776 crore in losses, originated in these countries.



Types of Crimes:

Trading ScamScammers use social media to advertise free trading tips, falsely using well-known stock market experts to lure victims into exclusive groups.
Digital ArrestVictims receive misleading calls claiming their involvement with illegal packages, with impersonators posing as law enforcement officials demanding money to resolve these fabricated issues.
Investment ScamIndividuals are promised easy money for completing simple online tasks aimed at boosting social media ratings.
Romance/Dating ScamScammers create fake online dating profiles to establish romantic relationships, then concoct emergencies that supposedly require financial assistance.