PINDROP BLOG

Category: Social Engineering

July 20, 2017
Credit Card Gangs Using Online Courses to Recruit Potential Fraudsters
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 and consistently…
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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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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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June 15, 2017
Democrats Ask FCC to Dump Ringless Voicemails
A group of Democrats is asking the FCC to prevent robocalls telemarketers and political candidates from being able to use ringless voicemails to deliver their messages to consumers. The use of ringless voicemails is a controversial technique, because it allows callers to deliver voicemails directly to consumers without actually ringing their phones. Rather than using…
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June 8, 2017
FTC Shuts Down Another Tech Support Scam
The FTC has reached settlements with two people and companies who the commission alleges were using fake pop-up ads and persuasive phone tactics to run a fake tech support scam. The settlement includes a fine of more than $800,000 and a permanent ban on any of the defendants engaging in similar schemes. This settlement is the resolution…
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June 6, 2017
No Call For Ringless Voicemails
There aren’t many things that you can get broad consensus on these days, but one of them is that telemarketing and political robocalls are terrible. Some of them are illegal, all of them are annoying, and if some influential groups get their way, these calls will soon take a form that’s even more invasive and irksome. There…
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June 1, 2017
Google Upgrades Gmail Defenses Against Phishing and Malware
Google is rolling out a new set of protections for Gmail customers that rely on machine learning to help better identify phishing messages and malicious attachments. Gmail is popular among both consumers and small and medium enterprises, which rely on it for low-cost hosted email and apps. The service also is one of the larger…
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