BEWARE OF THAT CALL
be from a phone number of the caller’s choosing.
Sometime ago, businessmen had similarly received calls from the office of Kamal Singh, the enforcement directorate chief. The caller claimed to be informing them about summons issued to them for money laundering. The Special Cell probed this case too, but did not get far in unravelling the mystery. They could only determine that the calls had not originated in the ED chief ’s office. Several arrests have been made in recent months of people using similar tactics to extort money.
Catching these spoofers is tough, say police. “The calls are mostly made using internet telephony and tracing it over VOIP (voice over internet telephony) is very difficult because the caller’s IP address lies hidden behind proxies,” explained an officer of the police cyber cell. “The callers also use virtual private networks to mask their identities.” Usage of proxies can thwart all efforts of the cops.
If the number is familiar, but the caller isn’t, hang up and call back If the caller claims to be from a govt agency, call back to check Three west Delhi residents arrested for duping some Australian residents, including actress Isha Sharvani, by posing as officials from Australian Tax Office Unidentified man spoofs number of a Dubai businessman, makes hoax bomb call at a mall in Chandigarh A 25-year-old man held for extorting money from a businessman by posing as a senior police officer in Ghaziabad