Category: Consumer Fraud

October 30, 2015
October 30 – The Week in Phone Fraud
This week in phone fraud, scammers target TalkTalk customers after hack and a phone fraudster is on the run in Edinburgh This week, stories have begun to emerge of scams targeting victims of the Talk Talk data breach. Criminals impersonate TalkTalk employees, advising customers how to secure their account. However, in the process, the scammers…
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October 23, 2015
October 23 – The Week in Phone Fraud
This week in phone fraud, teenagers hack the CIA and pranksters hack Target’s store intercoms. On Monday, news broke that a teenager hacked into CIA director John Brennan’s personal email account. The hacker claims to have simply called Verizon, impersonating an employee, to collect personal information on Brennan. He then called AOL, impersonating Brennan himself,…
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October 16, 2015
October 16 – The Week in Phone Fraud
This week in phone fraud, flood-related phone fraud in South Carolina and hacking phone voice commands. This week, South Carolina officials are warning residents to beware phone scams targeting victims of the recent record-breaking flooding that hit the area. Residents are warning of phony charity scams as well as criminals impersonating utilities or officials offering…
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October 9, 2015
October 9 – The Week in Phone Fraud
This week in phone fraud, what criminals do with information from data breaches and an expose on Jamaican lottery scams. This week NPR reported on the long term effects of data breaches like the one recently exposed at credit data agency Experian. Avivah Litan of Gartner was interviewed, discussing the way hackers sell this information…
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October 2, 2015
October 2 – This Week in Phone Fraud
This week in phone fraud, hackers can clone voices to bypass phone authentication and scammers target college students. This week, researchers at the University of Alabama are warning that with just a few minutes of your recorded voice, attackers can use voice-morphing tools to trick phone channel authentication. On Monday, the FBI issued a warning…
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September 25, 2015
September 25 – The Week in Phone Fraud
This week in phone fraud, phone scam affects 217 Macy’s stores and a £1M attack in the UK. This week, a Georgia man has been arrested following a string of phone scams targeting Macy’s stores across the US. According the the FBI, the man called stores posing as the company’s Director of Customer Service in…
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September 18, 2015
September 18 – The Week In Phone Fraud
This week in phone fraud, Google joins the fight against robocalls and New Jersey police catch an IRS phone scammer. On Wednesday, Google announced that it will soon be more aggressive in the fight against illegal robocalls. Google has launched a new online form for reporting robocalls. Google claims it will use information gathered from…
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September 11, 2015
September 11 – The Week in Phone Fraud
This week in phone fraud, the BBC breaks down a recorded phone scam and Georgia Tech researchers fight cross-channel cyber crime. This week the BBC broadcast a story on a phone scam that cost a London woman £12,000. Her son, who had been worried about such incidents, had installed software on her phone to record…
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September 4, 2015
September 4 – The Week in Phone Fraud
This week in phone fraud, the strange world of professional prank phone calls and scammers impersonate the French minister of defense. This week’s episode of Reply All, a popular internet podcast, focused on the bizarre world of professional prank phone callers. These pranksters use phone fraud techniques like caller ID spoofing and social engineering, but…
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August 28, 2015
August 28 – The Week in Phone Fraud
This week in phone fraud, the story behind those silent phone calls and experts predict cars will become a target for identity theft. On Monday, NPR’s all Things Considered ran a story on phone fraud and featured an interview with Pindrop’s CEO, Vijay Balasubramaniyan. The story covered several aspects of phone fraud, including the use…
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