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Category: Phone Fraud

October 27, 2016
Critics Say Robocall Strike Force Plan Falls Short
With the release of its initial report to the FCC yesterday, the Robocall Strike Force laid out plans to implement technical and policy solutions to address the robocall problem, including a Do Not Originate List and more sophisticated traceback techniques. But consumer advocates say that these ideas, while good, aren’t enough to address the problem…
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October 26, 2016
Carriers Plan to Implement Do Not Originate List to Defeat Robocalls
An industry led strike force is preparing to take away one of the most valuable pieces of technology used by phone scammers: caller ID spoofing. The Robocall Strike Force, convened by the FCC and comprising wired and wireline telecom companies, has been working since August on a handful of new technologies, standards, and other techniques to…
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October 14, 2016
FTC Charges Three in $9M Phone Fraud Ring
The FTC has shut down a phone fraud scam that involved scammers calling consumers–mostly elderly and on fixed incomes–and pressuring them to invest in web sites that supposedly had ties to large companies, promising quick returns. The scheme allegedly netted the scammers more than $9 million. The scheme involved six companies that the FTC alleges were…
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October 7, 2016
IRS Phone Fraud Ring Disrupted in India
Authorities in the Indian city of Mumbai say that a large phone fraud ring was operating in the city for more than a year, running the IRS tax scam and stealing as much as $150,000 per day from victims, mainly in the United States. Police in Mumbai this week conducted raids on nine call centers…
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October 6, 2016
U.S. Charges Two in Lizard Squad DDoS, Phone Bombing Attacks
The Department of Justice has charged two teenagers in connection with a scheme that involved hacking-for-hire activities as well as a service that would make repeated harassing phone calls to victims for a price. The charges are related to an investigation into the Lizard Squad hacking group, which has been tied to a number of DDoS…
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September 16, 2016
Mobile Carriers Move to Address Robocalls
The robocall problem long ago spread to mobile phones, but mobile carriers have been somewhat slow to react and address the issue. Sprint this week has taken a step to rectify that by announcing a plan to integrate enhanced caller ID features into its offerings. The company announced Wednesday that it will be integrating technology…
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August 26, 2016
Phone Scammers Target Immigrants in New Campaigns
Phone scams come in all shapes and sizes, and there are several new schemes that are targeting immigrants with demands for payments to maintain or update their immigration status. The scams closely resemble the IRS phone fraud scams that prey on victims’ fear of being penalized or arrested for unpaid back taxes. In this case,…
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August 19, 2016
Apple, Google, Microsoft Join Anti-Robocall Strike Force
Nearly three dozen technology companies have joined the anti-robocall strike force led by AT&T and spurred by the FCC, and the group will work together on technological and policy solutions to the robocall problem. The Robocall Strike Force formed last month at the behest of FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, who called on carriers to take…
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August 8, 2016
AT&T Hit With $6.8 Million Fine in Cramming Investigation
AT&T will pay nearly $7 million in restitution to consumers who were victims of a scam in which a couple of sham companies were allowed to bill wireline customers for fake district assistance services without their consent or knowledge. The settlement is the result of an investigation that began when the Drug Enforcement Administration was looking…
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August 4, 2016
Using Forensic Linguistics to Fight Phone Fraud
LAS VEGAS–One of the difficulties in protecting against phone fraud scams is actually detecting them. Technology certainly helps, but in a lot of cases, it’s up to the potential victim on the other end of the line to figure it out for himself. That has turned out to be a fairly high hurdle for a…
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