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PhD scholar lodges complaint over fake social media profile

The police are trying to catch the culprit by tracing the Internet Protocol (IP) address of the fake account. “We have written to the service provider.

mumbai Updated: May 21, 2019 08:22 IST
Vijay Kumar Yadav
Vijay Kumar Yadav
Hindustan Times, Mumbai
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The police are trying to catch the culprit by tracing the Internet Protocol (IP) address of the fake account. “We have written to the service provider(FilePhoto)

A 28-year-old PhD scholar of a leading research institute has lodged a criminal complaint with the police, after an unknown person created her fake social media profile and chatted with strangers in vulgar language in order to defame her.

The police are trying to catch the culprit by tracing the Internet Protocol (IP) address of the fake account. “We have written to the service provider. Once they provide us information on the suspect, we will trace him,” said Prakash Salvi, senior inspector of Trombay police station.

According to police sources, the woman is from another state. While she is staying at the institute, her husband and her family are staying in her home state.

On May 9, the complainant received a phone call from a cousin sister informing her that someone had created a social media account under her name and was using her photographs in the account. The cousin sister also sent the complainant screenshots of the account. When the complainant found the account, she saw that photographs of most of her family members had been uploaded on the account. She discovered the account was created four years ago and had been regularly using pictures of either her or her sister as the profile picture, a police officer said.

The officer said the accused befriended people posing as the complainant and chatted with them in vulgar language, which was visible on the page. The woman approached the Trombay police on Thursday and lodged a complaint.

The police have booked the unidentified suspect under sections 419 (cheating by personation) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and 66C (identity theft) of Information Technology Act.

First Published: May 21, 2019 04:12 IST