Southport salon victim of ‘spoofing’ incidents

FAIRFIELD, Conn. (WTNH) — Police are investigating after someone has been pranking a Southport hair salon by ordering all kinds of food to be sent to the place that they didn’t want.

It’s happened at least three times and police say there have been other harassing phone calls, too.

It looks like the person behind it may be pulling it off through an App. It’s called spoofing, a way of disguising a call, and it’s completely legal to place a call that way but police say how it’s being used is not.

“We showed up there and they said yes she does work here, but she didn’t order,” said David Kuban of Planet Pizza. “She had clients all day long.”

Police say last week the salon got surprised with Chinese food, they took fake appointments, and a call they mistakenly thought was from Chase Bank.

“Spoofing is a very dangerous thing,” said Lt. James Perez of Fairfield police. “It can be very stressful, it can be a very violating feeling and I think it’s wrong.”

Lt. Perez says he’d like to see laws against it. In this case, the victim thinks it could be another salon in the area but Perez says tracking the suspect down isn’t easy.

“These investigations can get very tricky and if not they can be downright almost impossible,” he said.

The owner at Total Look Salons did not want to do an on camera interview, but they did send a statement saying it’s frustrating and disruptive to business, but they say they’re more concerned about their fellow businesses saying they did nothing to deserve this.

Perez said they have suspects in the case and even though spoofing is not illegal, he says they could push forward with charges with threatening or harassment.

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