11 cyber crime victims Identified; some sexually assaulted
The police, on the weekend, revealed that it is probing a case in which a superintendent of police, Hopeton Nicholson, was impersonated by cyber criminals who used his name and photographs to create fake pages on several platforms, to include dating sites.
“Reports are that victims, believing that they are communicating with Superintendent Nicholson, have been lured to various places across the Corporate Area, St. Catherine and St Mary where they are tricked, robbed and in some instances, sexually assaulted.
“Reports are that victims, believing that they are communicating with Superintendent Nicholson, have been lured to various places across the Corporate Area, St Catherine and St Mary where they are tricked, robbed, and in some instances sexually assaulted,” the police said.
The Counter Terrorism and Organised Crime Investigation Branch has commenced investigations into the issue of identity theft in collaboration with other detectives across various divisions. So far, investigators have identified 11 persons across three parishes who fell victim to cyber crime activities.
The police have since renewed their appeal to persons to be extremely vigilant when communicating with people online, especially those who they are meeting for the first time in the digital space.
Christopher Reckord said that more people and businesses have been forced to operate using the Internet, and that criminals have been using this to their advantage. In many instances, these cyber criminals create fake, yet convincing online accounts or gateways which they use to deceive unsuspecting users.
“All types of digital and cyber security activities have increased because of the pandemic. Why? Because everybody is, you know, working from home and it is easier to fool people. There is a lot of people who are inquisitive and curious about anything about COVID-19 so creating fake emails and fake information for people to click on them, you know there will be ransomware and cyber attacks under the name of COVID-19, then that have increased exponentially.”