A 76-year-old Gamdevi resident has lodged an FIR against an unidentified person who created a fake email account using her name and harassed her daughter in the United States of America (USA), by sending offensive emails to her, from that account.
The complainant’s daughter had first registered a complaint in the USA with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), which, after conducting a preliminary probe, concluded that the emails were sent from India, and directed that a complaint be lodged with the Mumbai police. The Gamdevi police are investigating the case, and suspect the involvement of someone known to the woman and her daughter.
According to the police, the complainant, Lauren D’souza (name changed) has three sons and a 46-year-old daughter, who married in 1994 and settled in the USA. D’souza is visited by her daughter in the city every year, and they also communicate through emails and phone conversations. She has two email accounts.
In her complaint, D’souza told the police that in June last year, her daughter received an email from an account which had her name. “The sender of the email asked the woman’s daughter if she was suffering a nervous breakdown. After reading the email, the daughter immediately spoke to her mother over the phone, and told her she was absolutely fine. When she asked her mother what prompted the email, the complainant denied having sent any such email,” said an officer from Gamdevi police station.
D'souza's daughter started frequently receiving emails, in the months of June and July. “The complainant’s daughter found the emails objectionable and disturbing. While some of them asked her about her poor health, others contained racist remarks,” said another police officer.
Frustrated with the harassment, D’souza’s daughter registered a complaint with the FBI, who carried out a preliminary probe and found that the email account had been created in India. They directed the complainant to lodge a complaint at the concerned Indian police station.
Recently, D’souza registered a complaint with the Gamdevi police under section 419 (cheating by personation) of the Indian Penal Code and 66A (sending offensive messages through communication service), 66C (identity theft) and 66D (cheating by personation by using computer resources) of the Information Technology Act.
Investigators are taking technical assistance from the BKC cyber police station to trace the person who sent the emails, officers said.