In order to use this app, one just had to enter the sender's email (the one to be spoofed) as well as that of the recipient (the target), along with the email subject and message. In fact, it even worked for official email IDs.
Police received several fraud reports, used them to trace Bhandari
Delhi Police Cyber Cell learned about the app when several victims claimed that they have been conned by banks, matrimonial, and job sites offering lucrative loans, dating and job offers.
The companies denied those claims, prompting the Cyber Cell to look into the malicious emails and reverse trace them to Email Spoofer and eventually its developer, Bhandari, a UP native working in Bengaluru.
Police arrested Bhandari for developing an app that led to so many frauds and found a stash of as many as 1.5 lakh emails on his laptop.
"Some mails even show monetary transactions," a source told TOI. "However, we are yet to ascertain the money trail. The application could be misused for threatening activities, job applications, suspicious activities and impersonating people."