How to Report
1. Why one should
report cyber crime?
Crime in a society is expected to
remain at a tolerable level due to
the deterrence factor; early
detection of the crime,
identification of the criminal who
has committed the crime and awarding
of an exemplary punishment to
him/her will dissuade other
individuals who would have indulged
in such instances in future. An
unreported crime emboldens the
criminal to commit further such
acts, apart from taking away the
deterrence for others.
Proper reporting also helps policy
makers to know of the trends and
allocate resources to adequately
tackle newer crimes. Critical
infrastructure protection, which has
an impact on a large number of
people also benefits by having
proper reporting practices.
You may be worried about the loss of
reputation or negative publicity;
however, most law enforcement
organizations are aware of this and
take steps to keep crime details
confidential. They also are
sensitive to the fact that the
reporting company's business may
depend on the availability of the
computer resources involved and can
take appropriate measures to use
forensic tools to ensure that
business disruption is minimized.
2. How to report a Cyber Crime
Filing a complaint/ Writing an
What details will I be asked to
include in my complaint?
You may need to provide the
following possible information,
along with an application letter
addressing the head of cyber crime
investigation cell when filing a
.Your mailing address,
.Your telephone number,
Specific details on how the offence
was committed, along with the names
and addresses of suspects and any
other relevant information
What contents should be there in
the application letter?
Contents vary with respect to the
type of fraud or crime faced by you.
It is the most common kind of cyber
crime happening in India and the
victim’s report could contain the
Email/IM communications received
Phone numbers of the obscene
callers, if any
Website address which contains the
Screenshot or the web page (to be
saved and submitted in hard copy)
Other important necessary
information could be provided after
law enforcement agency.
Victims of Cyber Stalking often
request webmaster to delete their
Profile. Deleting the profile means
the evidence is lost.
When did you access your email
From where and which computer did
you browse it?
All information about email account
e.g. date of birth entered, pin code
entered and security question and
the last password?
What type of documents should be
included in my application which can
be considered as proof or evidence
in regard to my complaint?
Every possible information which can
be provided by you with proper
documents can be included in the
application letter and be considered
as proof or evidence.
Proof or Evidence may include the
Chat-room or newsgroup text or
screenshots if taken by you.
Email printouts should contain
full email header information.
Transaction acknowledgements or
Credit card records, transaction
details and receipts.
Envelopes or letters received
via post courier.
Pamphlets or brochures (if you
Printed or preferably electronic
copies of web pages.
Keep the necessary information in a
safe location; you will be required
to provide them for investigation as
and when required.
Note: Proof or documents which will
be part of the application are not
restricted to the above list,
additional information may be
required depending on the nature of
Report online fraud
are a victim of online fraud you
should report it to Cyber cell. You
will need to ensure that you
preserve any electronic evidence
relating to the matter, including
emails and any relevant computer
logs. If you can, please copy this
information to a CD or DVD and take
it to the police station when you
report the matter.
The MP Cyber Police recommends that you
print out the above advice and
present it to them when you report
the matter. Cyber Police will:
take a report of the crime,
identifying relevant offence(s)
compile any relevant victim and
take copies of relevant
consider capturing electronic
evidence. Cyber cell has a
specialist area to
with this consideration and any
conduct any relevant checks relating
to suspect information and include
compile a cover sheet detailing the
investigation conducted and
transfer the file to the appropriate
agency with jurisdiction relating to
What should I do if I believe my
complaint is time sensitive?
You should contact Inspector General
of Police, MP Cyber
Police, Police Headquarters Bhopal, email at
firstname.lastname@example.org or your
local police station directly if you
believe your matter is time