Mangaluru: Hoax threat to parents – ISD codes of Poland, Pakistan used

Daijiworld Media Network – Mangaluru (MS)

Mangaluru, Jun 13: A case has been filed at the city's cyber police station in connection with ransom threat calls made to the parents of college students in Mangaluru city and Suratkal areas.

Providing details on the matter, city police commissioner Anupam Agarwal said, “On June 11 and 12, strangers pretending to be police officers called the parents of students studying in colleges and threatened them, demanding money to release their children who were allegedly arrested for some fraud. When the anxious parents contacted the schools, they discovered that their children were safe. Upon checking the telephone numbers from which the calls were made, it was found that they belonged to ISD codes from Pakistan and Poland.”

The commissioner also advised that no one should panic over such hoax calls and should report the matter immediately to the police.

Cyber security expert Dr Anant Prabhu G said, “It is possible that the fraudsters gathered the parents' mobile numbers from database websites. Many social media sites are operating illegally in our country. Various organizations also acquire mobile numbers through these fraudulent companies. Additionally, the fraudsters might have obtained data from examination boards. Therefore, it would be prudent to investigate these examination boards as well. Selling personal information is a crime under the Digital Personal Data Protection Act. However, the act is not being properly enforced in our country.”

It has come to light that two more parents received similar threat calls on Wednesday. One parent was told that a narcotics case had been filed against their son, and money was demanded for his release. Another parent was informed that her daughter had been kidnapped and a ransom was demanded for her release. In both cases, however, the parents called the colleges and confirmed that their children were safe.







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  • real kujuma, kodial

    Thu, Jun 13 2024

    most of the online frauds take place in land of mangas....whole country especially the UP bhaiyyas and BIharis know for sure that athi buddivanthara jille people can be fooled lage raho....when a hebbettu king like nalin gets elected for three terms it is quite clear that the people are just good enough to get fooled...

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  • Rudolf Rodrigues, Mumbai/Mangalore

    Thu, Jun 13 2024

    It's easy to identify suspicious calls with international numbers and just ignore them that's all; but another big issue in this particular case is how the scammers got the latest identity data of students from multiple colleges; this needs to be thoroughly investigated and see who is responsible for this sort of massive amounts of personal data leakage; these days leakages give the criminals a chance to target specific groups of gullible people?

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  • Karthiyayani Nambiar, Manipal

    Thu, Jun 13 2024

    Thes ehoax calls are a;lways coming form abroad. I too got call saying that I am wanted by crime branch for smuggling drugs I just ignored him. His aim was to exrport money Immediately I relaised the scam and put the phoen down. Never fall for fake calls and they are dangerous and evil

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    Thu, Jun 13 2024

    "Using the ISD codes of Pakistan and Poland, how is it possible for someone to call parents in India? There might be involvement from individuals within the country. If feasible, can the cybercrime police find out who is providing the contact numbers of parents to fraudsters?"

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  • Monty Dotor, Mangalore

    Thu, Jun 13 2024

    It is possible to use any international code, they might be using a device called magic jack where phone calls can be spoofed. The person might be in Mangalore itself and the recipient might think it is a call from abroad. But with the help of the service provider the calling person can be identified if authorities are serious about it.

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  • Rolf, Dubai

    Thu, Jun 13 2024

    Charso par hohgaya now no one is bothered.

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  • Monty Dotor, Mangalore

    Thu, Jun 13 2024

    I have suggested a simple way to detect the identity of the person calling( any person) I have written to the new telecom minister- Ashwini Vaishnaw about this . It might take some time to implement ( if at all it is implemented). This will reduce fake calls and scams. I had given another suggestion earlier, which is already accepted and will be implemented shortly-all calls from government will start with 1600 and from institutions regulated by RBI (eg banks), SEBI (share market) and IRDA (Insurance) will start with 1601.

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  • Rolf, Dubai

    Thu, Jun 13 2024

    Dactera eir Kankanady hospital baritha Telephone Booth belagh eitthra.

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  • Preetham, Farangipet

    Thu, Jun 13 2024

    You make perfect successor to Feku! ವಾ ಬುಡ್ಪುನಿಯೇ... Btw, are you the one who suggested surgical strikes when it was cloudy?

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