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Spoof call leads police to ‘crime’ scene — but only crime is the call

By DON HEPPNER


On July 16, at 11 a.m., Pound Ridge, New York State Police and Stamford, Conn., police responded to a 911 call from a house in town reporting a burglary in progress at that address.

Police determined that the identifying phone number was a house in Pound Ridge near the Stamford border, where the burglary was allegedly taking place. Upon arrival, no one answered. Police were unable to get inside and broke in the door. No one was in the home, and subsequently the call was determined to be a hoax.

Pound Ridge Police Officer Rich Hatfield said that he and the other officers who responded were reluctant to break down the door but they had to find out if there was anyone inside and, if there were, he wanted to be sure that they were okay.

“After a brief investigation it was determined that the call was a hoax,” said Pound Ridge Police Chief Dave Ryan. “The caller used a website called spoofcard.com, or a similar site, to place the call. The site enables a person to make a call, and the call will appear on a readout as some other person’s phone number that was given to the website.”

Spoofcard.com urges visitors to disguise their caller ID. “They’ll never know it was you,” states the spoofcard.com home page.

This site and others like it are vexing law enforcement officials. “Possible scenarios are frightening,” said Chief Ryan. “Someone could call in a bomb threat, and the caller readout would be a number other than the actual caller.

The case of the hoax caller in Pound Ridge is currently under investigation by the Pound Ridge Police and the New York State Police, according to Chief Ryan.

Police in Westchester and the FBI are investigating a series of hoax calls that drew heavy police response to nonexistent emergencies over the past week, authorities said.

On June 27, police received a 911 call through a typed message using a service for the hearing impaired. The message stated: “I'm under my brother’s bed hiding from three heavily armored men. I believe they have a very big shotgun. It's big and very, very loud."

The message went on to say, “They're barricading us in, and I can’t find my little brother. Please, my little sister is having trouble breathing. She’s only four.”

A 14-year-old Rye boy was charged with making a false report.

Chief Ryan said that police believe more people are involved in the hoax calls and may potentially involve a hacking group.

“We are going to do what is necessary to find the actual number that originated the call and we will prosecute the caller.”

Chief Ryan said that the police contacted spoofcard.com and they are currently working together to see if the caller on the July 16 call used their site to disguise the phone number.

“We are aware of these calls and are looking into them,” Federal Bureau of Investigation spokesperson Kelly Langmesser said Wednesday. “We are looking at these activities and will prosecute them.”


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