When threat calls from top cop’s of­fice caused a flut­ter

Spe­cial Cell Probes Yet An­other Case Of Caller ID Spoof­ing

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Times City - Ra­jshekhar.Jha @times­group.com

New Delhi: Delhi Po­lice’s Spe­cial Cell is prob­ing a cu­ri­ous case of a woman re­ceiv­ing threat calls ap­par­ently from the of­fice of po­lice com­mis­sioner Amulya Pat­naik. The caller asked her to with­draw a case that her hus­band had filed. The woman said she had re­ceived the calls from the num­ber 011-23490201, which is Pat­naik’s land phone num­ber. How­ever, the call log showed no such calls be­ing made to the woman’s phone.

In her com­plaint, the woman al­leged the caller claimed to be a se­nior po­lice of­fi­cer and asked her to get the mat­ter in­volv­ing her hus­band set­tled out of court. She ap­proached the Pa­tel Na­gar po­lice sta­tion and re­quested reg­is­tra­tion of an FIR for ex­tor­tion, crim­i­nal con­spir­acy and threats.

Delhi Po­lice claimed that the call was not ac­tu­ally made from po­lice chief ’s of­fice, but con­sti­tuted a case of “caller ID spoof­ing”. In what has be­come the lat­est headache for po­lice in most metro cities, a tech­nol­ogy al­lows the dis­play of a phone num­ber dif­fer­ent from the ac­tual num­ber of a phone from which the call is be­ing placed. This means that a caller can send and re­ceive phone calls or text mes­sages that will ap­pear to

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