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Category: Consumer Fraud

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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August 21, 2015
August 21 – The Week in Phone Fraud
This week in phone fraud, extortionists target Ashley Madison users and phone fraud surges in China and Hong Kong Earlier this week, the hackers responsible for the attack on Ashley Madison finally released the data stolen in their breach. This included names, phone numbers, addresses, and private details. Brian Krebs reports that he has verified…
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August 14, 2015
August 14 – The Week in Phone Fraud
This week in phone fraud, the FTC asks hackers to help stop robocalls and the largest phone scam in Hong Kong history. Last week marked two of this year’s major security research conferences, Black Hat and DEF CON. This year, the Federal Trade Commission attended both, hosting a contest meant to provide consumers with better…
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August 7, 2015
August 7 – The Week in Phone Fraud
This week in phone fraud, hackers use call centers to break into Twitter accounts, and why you can’t trust caller ID. On Tuesday, novelist Andy Weir, author of The Martian, revealed that his email and Twitter accounts had been hacked. How did it happen? Over the phone. Weir writes that attackers simply called his service…
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July 31, 2015
July 31 – The Week in Phone Fraud
This week in phone fraud, ‘untraceable’ caller ID-spoofing and the FTC warns of data breach scams. According to a report in the Register this week, a new VoIP service allows you to hide who you are by being web-based, having no registration checks, allowing you to spoof caller identity, and pay by Bitcoin. Users who…
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July 24, 2015
July 24 – The Week in Phone Fraud
This week in phone fraud, phone scammers cancel ATM cards and the Ashley Madison breach causes Pindrop Labs to raise the Phone Threat Level. Reports of a new variation on an old phone scam are coming out of Hong Kong. Attackers are impersonating bank fraud-detection teams, asking victims for help on an investigation. When victims…
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July 23, 2015
Ashley Madison Hack Opens Door to Phone Scams
With any major data breach, we expect to see an increase in phone scams. Attackers sell hacked customer data on the black market. Other criminals use the information to mount social engineering attacks on consumers. The recent attack on dating website Ashley Madison, however, could take these types of phone scams to a new level.…
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