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Woman receives obscene calls after miscreant creates fake profiles on FB, Instagram

The unidentified person shared the woman’s phone number with those online.

mumbai Updated: Sep 05, 2018 06:43 IST
Jayprakash S Naidu
Jayprakash S Naidu
Hindustan Times, Mumbai
obscene calls,fake profiles,Facebook
The victim found out that the cyber criminal had used the name and photo of another woman to create the profiles but had given her contact number, asking people to call on it for sex chats. (AP File)

A 33-year-old housewife from Dahisar (East) received obscene voice calls and WhatsApp video calls from unknown men after an unidentified cyber criminal created her fake profiles on social networking platforms and gave her contact number on them.

Police said the woman had been receiving calls from August 4 till August 28 from unknown men who were told that she is a commercial sex worker.

When the woman asked one of the callers as to who had given him her contact number, he told her he had got it from Facebook. Another caller said he got her number from Instagram. The callers said the Facebook and Instagram profiles they got the woman’s number from had the same name.

Looking up the name on the internet, the victim found out that the cyber criminal had used the name and photo of another woman to create the profiles but had given the victim’s contact number, asking people to call on it for sex chats.

The woman told police that her husband had been using the number for six years and she had been using it of late.

As her husband’s family had opposed their marriage and had cut off all ties with him after they got married, the woman suspected that someone from her husband’s family could be behind the calls.

However, when the husband confronted his family members, they denied having anything to do with the crime.

The couple then filed a complaint with the Dahisar police station last week. The police lodged a first information report (FIR) for molestation and sexual harassment under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and Information Technology (IT) act. Police will write to Facebook and Instagram in order to find out who created the fake profiles.

First Published: Sep 05, 2018 06:42 IST