When threat calls from top cop’s office caused a flutter
Special Cell Probes Yet Another Case Of Caller ID Spoofing
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