Police called in at Jason Azzopardi’s home at around 2am yesterday morning after receiving a fake phone report that the PN MP was in trouble.
Azzopardi told Times of Malta that he received several phone calls last night from numbers he recognised, but when he picked up the phone he could only hear “funny sounds”, folk music and pre-recorded messages on the other end.
At around 2am, police arrived at Azzopardi’s home after receiving calls from his number that he was in distress.
“I’ve had a hell of a night,” the MP said.
Besides Azzopardi, police were also called to the home of a journalist, who asked to remain anonymous. Like the MP, the journalist had also received several spoof calls before the police arrived.
Meanwhile, Times of Malta said it received a spoof call yesterday afternoon from what appeared to be Azzopardi’s number, with a pre-recorded message telling them to “stop writing about the spoofs, Yorgen Fenech and blogger Simon Mercieca”.
Several Maltese news websites have been spoofed in recent months, while newsrooms and politicians have received a string of fake e-mails.
Azzopardi has previously claimed that the spoofs were the work of a Bulgarian IT expert who is being paid €1,500 an hour.
Have you ever experienced a spoof phone call?