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More elaborate pranks rely on tricking the recipient into harmful behavior.
An example of these was the 1996-2004 strip search phone call scam, in which a prankster posing as a police officer was able to cause store managers to strip search female employees.
In December 2005, when a commercially operated radio station in Spain (COPE – owned by a series of institutions affiliated with the Catholic Church) played a prank on Bolivian president-elect Evo Morales.
The hoaxster pretended to be Spanish Prime Minister José Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, congratulating Morales on his election Ever since the opportunity has been available, there have been multiple internet radio stations dedicated to prank calls.
They also post fraudulent ads on Craigslist, and then shout racial epithets and make violent threats of rape and murder against the people who call them to respond to the ads.
Pranknet members listen in real-time and discuss the progress together in a private chat room.
The advent and advancements in digital switching technologies such as those found in SS7, unspoofable ANI, as well as outbound and inbound calls being logged at carrier exchange equipment, further complicate the pranksters will to remain anonymous while carrying out such activities.
Another increasingly popular option is to use some form of Vo IP.
In one call, as described by the Montana Supreme Court, "Sherer, impersonating a sympathetic and caring doctor, instructed the victim to cut off her nipple.Most of them feature a so-called "rotation" of prank calls, which is a constant broadcast of various prank calls submitted by the community, usually streamed from a SHOUTcast server host.Software such as Ventrilo has allowed prank calls to be carried out to a more private user-base, however, in real-time.With some Vo IP services, the telephone number will simply not exist.These calls are extremely difficult to trace since they may pass through servers and routers operated by multiple corporations or entities in various countries.