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Category: Phone Fraud

August 3, 2017 | Dennis Fisher
FCC Proposes $82 Million Fine on Robocall Operation
For the second time in less than two months, the FCC is proposing an enormous fine for someone it alleges ran an illegal robocall operation. The latest fine, announced Thursday, would be $82 million, against a North Carolin man named Philip Roesel, whom the commission says made more than 21 million illegal robocalls. The FCC…
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August 2, 2017 | Dennis Fisher
Phone Fraud Scam Drains Millions From Scottish Businesses
The bank phone fraud scheme that has been making its way through the U.S. and UK has shown up in Scotland, to the tune of £2.5 million in losses. The national police force in Scotland says that a wave of phone scams hit the Highlands region of the country in the last two weeks, targeting businesses. The scheme…
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August 1, 2017 | Dennis Fisher
FTC to Feed Daily Robocall Data to Carriers
Carriers are getting another tool to use in the fight against illegal robocalls. The FTC is beginning a new initiative that will feed data on robocalls that violate the Do Not Call registry rules directly to carriers each day. The plan is part of an overall strategy at the FTC to combat robocalls and illegal…
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July 17, 2017
FCC Targets Robocalls Anew
As part of its strategy to stop unwanted and illegal robocalls, the FCC is opening an inquiry into the way that providers reassign phone numbers and how they can help prevent customers from receiving robocalls intended for other people. The problem arises when one customer gives up a phone number, whether it’s a landline or…
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July 14, 2017
FCC Looking For Call Authentication Systems
The FCC is looking for help in developing a system to authenticate phone calls. Caller ID spoofing has become one of the bigger problems on phone networks and is one of the main tools that fraud rings use when running illegal robocall operations. Software and apps to spoof caller ID signals are easily available and…
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July 12, 2017
China Holds Dozens of Japanese Citizens in Phone Fraud Investigation
The Chinese government has detained several dozen Japanese citizens as part of an investigation into a phone fraud ring that has been targeting elderly victims in Japan. The arrests reportedly occurred in late June and are connected to the problem of phone scams that prey on senior citizens looking for easy cash. Similar to phone…
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July 3, 2017
FTC Throws Support Behind FCC’s Proposed Anti-Robocall Rule
The FTC is supporting the efforts of the FCC to expand the definition of what constitutes and illegal call and make life more difficult for telemarketers and robocall operators. In comments sent to the FCC this week, the FTC said that a proposed rule that would allow the establishment of a broad Do Not Originate…
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June 28, 2017
UK Arrests Four in Tech Support Phone Scam
Police in the U.K. have arrested four people in connection with a fake tech support scam in which callers passed themselves off as representatives of Microsoft or other technology companies. Two men and two women were arrested as part of the investigation by City of London Police and Microsoft into the scheme, which has been…
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June 22, 2017
FCC Proposes Massive $120M Fine in Robocall Scheme
The FCC has proposed a $120 million fine for a Florida man who the commission alleges made nearly 100 million illegal robocalls in a three-month period, some of which hit a paging network used by hospitals, EMTs, and doctors, disrupting its service. The investigation into the robocall operation began last year after the FCC received a…
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June 16, 2017
New IRS Phone Scam Tied to Prepaid Debit Cards
Although tax season has been over for two months now, phone scammers are continuing to target victims with a new version of the venerable IRS phone fraud scam, using the agency’s electronic payment system as a lure. The latest iteration of the scheme involves scammers calling victims and trying to bully them into paying imaginary…
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