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August 10, 2017 | Dennis Fisher
Phone Scammers Now Pushing Fake Government Grants
Not content with impersonating IRS agents, phone scammers now are pretending to work for the National Institutes of Health and telling victims that they’ve won an NIH grant but must pay a fee in order to get the money. The scam is a variation of the broader scheme in which fraudsters impersonate employees of various…
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August 7, 2017 | Dennis Fisher
Tech Support Scammers Turn to Spam
Criminals who run fake tech support scams are expanding their range of tactics, and now are using spam messages to push victims to their scam sites. Historically, these schemes have been run through two main channels: phone calls or malicious online ads. Victims who visit sketchy sites containing malicious ads connected to fake tech support scams will…
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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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July 31, 2017 | Dennis Fisher
At DEF CON, Hacking Humans Takes Center Stage
LAS VEGAS–The man sits on the edge of a chair in a tiny, soundproof plexiglass booth. Overhead lights give his face a harsh white-yellow cast and illuminate the sweat popping out on his close-shaved head. The walls of the booth press in as he glances down at a small notebook and nods to a man on the…
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July 20, 2017
Credit Card Gangs Using Online Courses to Recruit Potential Fraudsters
By Jonah Berg-Ganzarain Credit card fraud gangs are becoming more strategic in their efforts to exploit the public. These groups are expanding their operation to create remote learning courses, teaching potential fraudsters how to succeed, according to a new report from Digital Shadows. In a report released this week, Digital Shadows combed through hundreds of criminal forums…
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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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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 16, 2017
Email Compromise Campaign Hits Hundreds of Companies
A large-scale, long-term business email compromise campaign has been targeting large industrial companies, including those in the energy, metals, and power sectors. The campaign has been running for several years and has included a variety of tactics, namely compromises of corporate email systems, network exploitation, social engineering, and highly targeted phishing messages. Researchers at Kaspersky…
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