July 24, 2014 – The Week in Phone Fraud

This week in phone fraud saw a threat advisory in Arizona and a West African fraudster advisory out of the UK.

On Tuesday in Surprise, Arizona, AZ Central covered a new phone fraud threat hitting the area in which fraudsters tell homeowners they have an arrest warrant that will be activated unless they immediately pay a fine. The fraudster on the line then imposes a timeline of 30 minutes to purchase a money order or pre-paid credit card, in an effort to pressure the victim into paying.

On Thursday in the UK, The Romford Recorder reported on a new fraud threat stemming from West Africa. One of the more interesting aspects of the story is that one of the targets happened to be a phone expert, having worked in telecommunications for 30 years. The expert / target was interviewed by The Recorder and stated, “it looks like multiple people targeting more than one [phone booth], someone using autodialers, or perhaps someone at the telephone exchange up to no good.”

Full Breakdown of This Week’s Phone Fraud News

KRCR News: Phone scam hits the Northstate – July 24, 2014

Romford Recorder: Hornchurch residents latest victims of Guinea-Bissau phone fraud – July 24, 2014

KCRA 3: Phone scam targets taxpayers, threatens arrest – July 23, 2014

Patch: Phone Scams Drive Virginia Lottery Campaign – July 23, 2014

AZ Central: Surprise police warn of phone scam incidents – July 22, 2014

Brush News Tribune: Brush police warn about phone fraud scams – July 22, 2014

The Grimsby Telegraph: Councillor’s warning over phone fraudsters  – July 21, 2014

The Record Bee: How to avoid common senior scams – July 21, 2014