I own the HTC Hero, one of the many cell phones that supply users with the Android App Market. The market serves as an online app store. Your search for apps for just about anything and either downloads them for free or purchase them. I recently came across 2 apps that in my opinion should not be legal.
This app is a FREE download that allows you to email someone from your phone, but you can set your sender address to be anything you like. For example, you could email a friend or co-worker and tell them to meet you at the coffee shop at noon. However, you could make it look as if it were coming from virtually anyone you wanted to simply by putting a fake sender/return address as the mailer.
While this is a relatively clean example, think of the possibilities. Suppose someone got hold of your boss’ or significant others email address and began sending them false information addressed as you. Alternatively, maybe a sociopath decides to start sending death threats from an email address that does not trace back to them. L identity borders on the line of identity theft if you ask me.
The second app that I have discovered that could cause people problems is: Caller ID Faker. Similar to the L identity, with this app you can actually call someone and disguise your voice, while entering a fake return number in the process. This is an app that has both a FREE downloadable version or a more intricate version you can purchase for a few dollars. To test this I first called, my own house and my wife answered. It works.
I typed in a random number using our local area code as the send number, and the caller ID actually recognized the call as though it was coming from a local pizza place. You have the option to disguise your voice as a man or woman, or use your regular voice. While this might be fun to prank someone with, imagine the harm it could cause. For example, what if someone used this app to make a threatening call and it traced back to an innocent bystander.
This would indeed be on record from the phone company as a call sent from the number shown. It is scary to think of the possibilities.
Apps are fun and can be very useful, but someone needs to regulate better what apps are offered, or something that is meant for fun is going to cause someone problems.