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Category: Vishing

March 6, 2017
FCC May Allow Carriers to Block Robocalls From Spoofed Numbers
The FCC later this month will consider a proposal that would allow carriers to block robocalls that have a spoofed caller ID. If approved, the rule would be a major boon for consumers who are hit with robocalls–many of which are part of scams. Caller ID spoofing is a key part of many phone scams, and…
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February 8, 2017
Phone Bot to Target Windows Support Scammers
The man who developed a bot that frustrates and annoys robocallers is planning to take on the infamous Windows support scam callers head-on. Roger Anderson last year debuted his Jolly Roger bot, a system that intercepts robocalls and puts the caller into a never-ending loop of pre-recorded phrases designed to waste their time. Anderson built the…
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January 17, 2017
FTC Cracks Down on Two Huge Robocall Groups
Continuing its campaign against phone fraud operations, the FTC has dismantled two major robocall organizations that the commission alleges were making hundreds of millions of calls over the course of several years to consumers who were on the Do Not Call registry. The FTC filed complaints against two separate groups of defendants, the leaders of which…
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December 21, 2016
AT&T Begins Automatic Phone Fraud Protection Service
Carriers are beginning to roll out new tools to help consumers identify and block fraud calls and spam calls. AT&T on Wednesday released a new app known as Call Protect that provides automatic blocking of fraud calls and also can warn users about other potentially unwanted calls. The new service is available on iOS and…
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December 7, 2016
Financial Fraud Trending in the Wrong Direction
When discussing financial fraud, people often talk about it as one overarching problem. But the reality is that in today’s environment, fraud comprises many separate, distinct components, each with its own techniques, complexities, and challenges for organizations trying to defend against them. Customers interact with their financial institutions in a variety of ways: in person,…
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November 29, 2016
Phone Fraud Groups Now Offering Phone Fraud Protection Service
Fraudsters are always looking for new ways to empty the wallets of their victims, and scammers in the U.K. recently have hit on a novel phone fraud technique that preys on people’s fear of other phone fraud scams. The new tactic involves scammers calling up potential victims and offering them a subscription service that will…
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November 21, 2016
Adobe VoCo May Raise New Voice Security Concerns
As voice has continued to emerge as one of the key interfaces for new devices and apps, including vehicles, bank accounts, and home automation systems, concerns about the security of these systems have evolved, as well. Now, as both Google and Adobe have demonstrated systems that can insert and replace words in recorded speech or mimic human…
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November 17, 2016
Carbanak Gang Calling Hotels to Convince Victims to Install Malware
The Carbanak gang, one of the more successful and prolific cybercrime groups at work today, is using a new tactic to get its malware onto target networks: calls to customer service representatives at hotels that convince victims to open malicious attachments. The technique is a simple one but has proven to be quite effective. Rather…
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October 27, 2016
U.S. Indicts 61 in International Phone Fraud Operation
Three weeks after authorities in India disrupted a major phone fraud ring in Mumbai, the Department of Justice has indicted 61 people in relation to the scam, which officials say generated as much as $150,000 per day. The indictments are the result of investigations involving U.S. and Indian authorities and the phone fraud scheme affected tens…
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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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