Actor Sanchay Goswami’s WhatsApp account hacked

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Phone switched off after receiving OTPs, international calls, he says

An actor has filed a complaint at Goregaon police station accusing an unidentified person of allegedly hacking his WhatsApp account and using his number to make obscene video calls to his friends and colleagues, a police official said on Wednesday.

Based on the actor’s complaint, the Goregaon police on Tuesday registered an FIR against the unidentified person under Section 509 (word, gesture or act intended to insult modesty of a woman) of the Indian Penal Code, and provisions of the Information Technology Act, the official said.

Sanchay Goswami, who has worked in films and television serials, told the police that someone gained unauthorised access to his WhatsApp account and converted it into a business account. The hacker then started sending obscene messages and making video calls to his friends, the official said. One of his female friends received a video call in which a man was seen masturbating. She immediately informed the actor about it.

Mr. Goswami suspects that his Whatsapp account was hacked while he was returning from the Mumbai airport at 12.15 a.m. on Monday. The actor said he received a six-digit OTP (one-time password) on his mobile phone, but he ignored the message.

He then received a call from an international number and thought it was from his brother in the U.S. The cell phone screen displayed a computer generated six-digit pin and he disconnected the call. He then started getting more calls and OTPs and his phone eventually switched off.

Mr. Goswami said, “Then I started getting calls from my friends and family members on my alternate number asking whether my WhatsApp account had been hacked.” It was then that he learnt that his friends had been receiving obscene messages and video calls from his mobile number. The actor said a few of his friends also received OTPs and spam messages. Mr. Goswami rushed to Goregaon police station and submitted a complaint after his colleagues also started receiving obscene calls and messages on WhatsApp, the police official said.

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