Use social media with caution, say police – The Himalayan Times – Nepal’s No.1 English Daily Newspaper


Police arrested Niraj Kumar Singh, 28, of Parsa district today for looting 250,000 rupees from a man in the same location.

Singh had sent a message to Rakesh (name changed) on his social media platforms such as Viber and Imo saying he had won the lottery worth Rs 2.5million.

Rakesh said he was chosen as the winner of the regular lottery program operated by Viber. But in order to receive the money, Rakesh first had to send Singh 250,000 as a tax amount so that the money could reach him within days.

Unaware of Singh’s fraudulent intent, Rakesh transferred the money to the donated account, but he did not receive the lottery amount. As a result, Rakesh could not even contact Singh. Realizing that he had been swindled, he eventually reported the incident to the police and Singh was arrested on the basis of phone call history and bank details.

Likewise, a video went viral on social media a few days ago. In the video, we saw that two Raute women were assaulted. The video caught the attention of social media users and police arrested three men involved in making the video and uploading it to the social media platform.

These are just a few representative cases, hundreds of people are victims of cybercrime in the country.

With the increasing use of social media, cybercrime cases have also increased, posing a new challenge for Nepalese police and other law enforcement agencies.

While police often struggle to stop cybercriminals, many victims of cybercrime have to live with social stigma.

With this in mind, the Nepal Police Cyber ​​Bureau urged the public to be aware of fake social media messages, phone calls and emails. He also told people not to share their bank details, passwords and other sensitive information through social media.

The Nepalese Police Cyber ​​Bureau, issuing a press release, urged everyone to use social media with caution. He also warned people against creating fake social media accounts, misusing other people’s information and images, defamation and posting hate speech on social media.

Cyber ​​Bureau Chief Superintendent of Police Nabinda Aryal said on average they have received as many as 32 written cybercrime-related complaints. He believes, however, that this number is only the tip of the iceberg as the majority of victims do not report such cases.

“Many victims of cyberbullying choose to turn off their social sites or stay away from these platforms rather than seek help from the police,” Aryal said. He added that in previous years children and women were victims of such crimes, but nowadays even men are victims.

He said the effective solution to these problems was raising awareness about the use of social media.

A version of this article appears in the June 8, 2021 print of The Himalayan Times.

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