How to Register a Cyber Crime Complaint

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August 15, 2022
By Advocate Chikirsha Mohanty

What is Cyber Crime?

The definition of cybercrime is pretty hard to come up with in today's age, where the internet is spreading like wildfire and snowballing into a huge avalanche. But the basic definition of cybercrime is any illegal activity that uses a computer as its primary means of commission. The rate of cybercrime in India is also on the rise but the figures might alarm you more. As per the data maintained by the National Crime Records Bureau, the total number of cyber crimes registered in 2019 went up to 44,546 as compared to 28,248 recorded in 2018, registering a jump of 63.5% from 2018.

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To tackle the issue of cyber crimes, CIDs (Criminal Investigation Departments) across the nation have opened up Cyber Crime Cells in their respective cities. The Information Technology Act of India states clearly that when a cyber crime has been committed, it has a global jurisdiction and hence a complaint can be filed at any cyber cell. In addition to providing redressal, these cyber cells also undertake campaigns to spread awareness of cyber crimes and educate on steps to be taken by the public to protect themselves on the internet.

The system set up by the Cyber Crime Cells provides for both online and offline methods of registration of complaints regarding cyber crimes to the public. On the internet, affected members of the public can register complaints on the National Cyber Crime Reporting Portal by a simple online procedure with just a few clicks. This is an initiative of the government of India and caters to complaints related to cyber crimes only, with a special focus on crimes against women and children. Complaints once registered on the National Cyber Crime Reporting Portal are dealt with by the law enforcement agencies/police based on the information provided by the complainants. On the other hand, the offline method of reporting cyber crimes involves the filing of written complaints by affected persons to the nearest Cyber Crime Cell.

Cyber crimes related to women and children include child pornography, child sexual abuse material, sexually explicit content, etc. Whereas, the general cyber crimes reported include hacking, financial frauds, social media crimes, cyber trafficking, etc.

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Steps to follow to File a Cybercrime Complaint

Offline Method

STEP 1: affected persons are to approach any Cyber Crime Cell established in India with a written complaint addressed to the head of the respective Cyber Crime Cell

STEP 2: Keep in mind that you will have to provide your name, mailing address & telephone number along with an application letter addressing the head of a Cyber Crime cell when you go to file a complaint.

STEP 3: As with almost all police cases, the complainant will have to provide the following papers and documents at the time of filing the complaint. The valid documents are:

In case of hacking of servers:
1) Server Logs
2) A copy of the defaced web page in soft copy as well as hard copy format if the victim’s website is defaced If data are compromised on the victim’s server or computer or any other network equipment, soft copy of original data and soft copy of compromised data.
3) Access control mechanism details i.e.- Who had the access to the computer or email of the victim?
4) List of suspects if the victim is having any suspicion of anyone.
5) All relevant information leads to the answers to the following questions.

  • What is compromised?

  • Who might have compromised the system?

  • When was the system compromised?

  • Why might have been the system compromised?

  • Where is the impact of the attack-identifying the target system from the network?

  • How many systems have been compromised by the attack?

In case of e-mail abuse, vulgar e-mail, etc. the following information should be provided:
1) The extended headers of the offending e-mail and
2) The offending e-mail from

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Online Method:

The online method relates to registering complaints on the National Cyber Crime Reporting Portal under either of the following two categories of crimes:

1) cyber crimes against women and children;

2) other cyber crimes.

The National Cyber Crime Reporting Portal also enables complainants to track the status of their complaints under the “Report and Track” option. Similar to the offline method, the online method also requires the complainant to provide all requisite information necessary to enable the authorities to take action on the complaints registered. This includes information such as incident details, complainant’s details (except when reported anonymously), and suspect’s details. Once registered, the complainant is also permitted to download a copy of his/her complaint from the National Cyber Crime Reporting Portal.

Keeping in mind the sensitive nature of cyber crimes related to child pornography, child sexual abuse material, and sexually explicit content such as rape or gang rape, the National Cyber Crime Reporting Portal only permits such complaints to be filed anonymously. Similarly, persons reporting cyber crimes related to women and children can also do so anonymously.

Thus, the mechanism and infrastructure set up by the government of India aim to secure justice for every section of the society, recognizing the ever-growing menace of crimes on the internet.?

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Why do you Need a Lawyer?

Cyber Crimes could be hard to deal with. You may need to understand the documents required and also the kind of language to be used in the complaint. A cybercrime lawyer is an expert and can also guide you as to the kind of case that would suityour situation, the arguments and evidence to be put forth, and will also represent you wherever needed.


Assam Police
contact Details
Ph: +91-361-252-618
E-mail: [email protected]

Asst. Commr. of Police,
Cyber Crimes Cell,
Vepery, Chennai 7
Contact Details: 04423452348
E-mail id: [email protected]

For Rest of Tamil Nadu
Address: A-Wing, III rd Floor,
Rajaji Bhawan, Besant Nagar,
ph: 044-24461959
E-mail id: [email protected]

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(for the whole of Karnataka)
Address:Cyber Crime Police Station
C.O.D Headquarters,
Carlton House,
# 1, Palace Road,
Bangalore – 560 001
Contact Details:
+91-80-2220 1026
+91-80-2294 3050
+91-80-2238 7611 (FAX)
Email-id: [email protected] , [email protected]

Address:Cyber Crime Police Station
Crime Investigation Department,
3rd Floor, D.G.P. office
Hyderabad – 500004
Contact Details:
+91-40-2324 0663
+91-40-2785 2274
+91-40-2785 2040
+91-40-2329 7474 (Fax)
Web site:
E-mail id: [email protected] , [email protected]
[email protected]

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CBI Cyber Crime Cell:
Superintendent of Police,
Cyber Crime Investigation Cell
Central Bureau of Investigation,
5th Floor, Block No.3,
CGO Complex,
Lodhi Road,
New Delhi – 3
Contact Details:
+91-11-4362203, 011-26851998
011-26515229, +91-11-4392424
Web site:

Asst. Commissioner of Police,
Cyber Crime Cell,
EOW, Crime Branch,
2nd Floor,
Police Training School,
Malaviya Nagar,
New Delhi-110 017
E-Mail: [email protected] ,[email protected]

3rd Floor, Police Commissioner Office
Near Court Naka,
Thane West,
Thane 400601.
Contact Details:+91-22-25424444
Web site:
E-Mail: [email protected]

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DIG, CID, Crime and Railways
Fifth Floor
Police Bhavan
Sector 18, Gandhinagar 382 018
Contact Details:
+91-79-2325 4384
+91-79-2325 0798
+91-79-2325 3917 (Fax)

Deputy Commissioner of Police(Crime)
Office of the Commissioner Office,
2, Sadhu Vaswani Road,
Camp,Pune 411001
Contact Details:
+91-20-2616 5396
+91-20-2612 8105 (Fax)
E-Mail:[email protected]
[email protected]

DIG, CID, Crime and Railways
Fifth Floor
Police Bhavan
Sector 18, Gandhinagar 382 018
Contact Details:
+91-79-2325 4384
+91-79-2325 0798
+91-79-2325 3917 (Fax)

IG-CID,Organized Crime
Rajarani Building,Doranda Ranchi,
Ph: +91-651-2400 737/ 738
E-mail: [email protected]

Address:Cyber Crime Investigation Cell
Office of Commissioner of
Police office,Annex -3 Building,
1st floor, Near Crawford Market,
Contact Details:
Web site:
E-mail id: [email protected]

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Cyber Crime and Technical Investigation Cell,
Joint Commisioner of Police
Old S.P.Office complex,Civil Lines
E-mail: [email protected]

Himachal Pradesh
CID Office ,
Himachal Pradesh
Contact Details
Ph: +91-94180 39449
E-mail:[email protected]

Hitech Cell
Police Head Quarters
Contact Details
Ph: +91-471 272 1547
+91-471 272 2768
E-mail: [email protected]n

SCRB,Superintendent of Police
Ph: +91 98630 64997
E-mail: [email protected]

Cyber Crime Police Station,
CID, Crime Branch, Odisha, Cuttack-753001
Ph. No.0671-2305485
E-mail ID:- [email protected]

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Cyber Crime Investigation Unit
Dy.S.P.Kotwali Police Station, Patna
Ph: +91 94318 18398
E-mail: [email protected]

Cyber Crime Police Station
DSP Cyber Crime,
S.A.S Nagar,Patiala,
Ph: +91 172 2748 100

West Bengal
CID, Cyber Crime
West Bengal
Ph: +9133 24506163
e-mail:[email protected]

Uttar Pradesh
Cyber Complaints Redressal Cell,
Nodal Officer Cyber cell Agra,
Agra Range 7,Kutchery Road,
Uttar Pradesh
e-mail: [email protected]

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Special Task Force Office
Sub Inspector of Police, Dehradoon
Ph: +91 135 2640982
+91 94123 70272
e-mail:[email protected]


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