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Increased Call Spoofing Activities in India

One day you receive a call from one of your close friend or any close relative’s phone number. Then you find out that your friend did not actually call and its someone else calling from some other number but the displayed phone number is your friends number. Now you might be wondering how this is possible.

Before sometime, email spoofing was quite popular, which allows a sender to send email from any email id he wishes. Here the email is not actually coming from that email id, but its just name which makes one feel that the message came from that id. Like this now Call Spoofing or Caller ID Spoofing is becoming popular in India.

What is Call Spoofing or Caller ID Spoofing or Call Display Spoofing?

Caller ID Spoofing allows a person to call or SMS to any phone number and show any phone number he wish on receivers call display. And allows the person to change to male/female voice also. To use caller id spoofing customers have to register in spoofing providing websites and have to purchase spoof minutes.

Earlier people were using these techniques to have fun with their friends. But now many are using these for illegal activities like black mailing a person or for getting recommendations from any VIP or to get money. Caller ID spoofing also has been used in purchase scams on web sites such as Ebay. In February 2008, a man from US was arrested for making threatening phone calls to women and having their home numbers appear on their caller ID to make it look like the call was coming from inside the house.
In August 2006, Paris Hilton was accused of using caller ID spoofing to break into a voicemail system that used caller ID for authentication.

Because of such activities on June 27, 2007, the United States Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation approved and submitted to the Senate calendar S.704, a bill that would make it a crime to spoof caller ID. Most of the times in India the suspects were remain unknown. So many people are taking advantage of lack of technology for finding out the person in India and using these Caller ID Spoofing techniques for criminal activities.

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