As students, the younger generation is more prone to cyber crimes as compared to adults, since they tend to spend more time on internet and social media, and the fact that they are vulnerable and not chaperoned by adults all the time. There is a tendency to underestimate frauds committed on students, which can prove very detrimental during adolescence. Usually, the following types of frauds are committed on students:
- Abduction by using cajoling techniques or by thieving identity of parents
- Child identity theft which can balloon into mammoth proportions of online fraud
- Manipulation of student bank accounts
- Misusing identity of students and perpetrating anti-social activities
- Luring students into dating scams
- Selling faulty gadgets and video games etc. at exorbitant prices over the internet
- Educational fraud online, by way of fake exam prep courses
Fraud reporting options available
The above mentioned list is not exhaustive and there exist many more conning tricks that warrant timely fraud reporting from students or their parents. Upon being victimized the following resources are available to students:
- Inform parents, foster parents or guardians immediately
By and large, fraudsters tend to target students living away from homes, or not under parental care. Students of single parents are comparatively vulnerable targets. Upon sensing fraud, students must understand that informing parents through the fastest means of communication is the first step towards fraud reporting.
- Fraud Reporting to senior faculty/ management in schools and colleges
For instances of campus related online scams such as cyber bullying by peers, college unions and sexual exploitation of students by teachers and professors, by way sending obscene messages, mails and coercion, fraud reporting to faculty or management on all forums must be done immediately.
- Fraud Reporting to Cyber Police
Every country has its own institutional framework of law enforcers who can be approached for fraud reporting. The IC 3, Action Fraud, National Criminal Intelligence Resource, Criminal and Juvenile Justice Association etc. are few organizations that fight against student crimes
- Fraud Reporting made easier through student associations
In addition to support from adults and Government, student associations are effective media for fraud reporting. Various group, associations and online forums have been created by students who bind together in creating awareness against online fraud, as well as a platform for fraud reporting.
- Programs conducted by Schools and Colleges
The onus of protecting students from various mishaps relating to cybercrime has been shared emphatically by educational institutions as well. They implement various awareness programs and represent student complaints during fraud reporting. They alert students against wooing techniques for using students in unethical hacking, spreading rumors and in cyber extortion.
- The National Youth Violence Protection Week
The observance of student safety practices against online and offline crime, violence and fraud has been scheduled to start April 2017, when there will be a huge upheaval against criminals, using students as targets and coercing them to become part of fraud. Fraud Reporting techniques and tips will be familiarized.
To fight online crime by way of effective fraud reporting is the collective responsibility of all agencies mentioned above.