July 8– This Week In Phone Fraud

TWIPF2 This week in phone fraud, the Federal Communications Commission passed legislation that exempts government employees and their contractors from certain regulations on robocalls.

On Tuesday, The Washington Post reported that government employees and any contractors working on their behalf are now exempt from regulations on robo-calls designed to protect consumers from annoying phone spam under a new, federal clarification on who is and isn’t allowed to place auto-dialed phone calls and text messages.

Thursday, the Consumerist reported AT&T CEO Randall “Dandy Randy” Stephenson claims his company can’t proactively block robocalls because it first needs permission from the FCC, and AT&T employees have more than a dozen different explanations for why the telecom giant has done nothing to rein in these unwanted, pre-recorded and auto-dialed calls.


Federal Trade Commission: The IRS doesn’t want your iTunes cards – If anyone tells you to buy iTunes cards to pay the IRS, qualify for a grant, get a loan or bail out a family member, say “No.” They’re trying to scam you. The only place to use an iTunes card is at the iTunes store, to buy online music, apps or books.

The Huffington Post: Grandparent Phone Scam: Oklahoma Grandmother Targeted in Telephone Fraud Involving Granddaughter and Drunk Driving – Robin Linley, a grandmother from Del City, Oklahoma, received a terrifying call recently. A caller pretended to be her eldest granddaughter, Tori, and stated that she had just been in a car crash and was in jail because she had been drinking. She needed to be wired money so that she could post bail.

The Herald: IRS imposters target college students – The April tax season is long gone, but bullies run a year-round business. Having mastered ripping off immigrants and the elderly, con artists have put together a new twist on an old scam to trick college students into thinking they need to cough up cash to cover a “federal student tax.”

Global News: CRA income tax phishing scam still going strong, police warn – Police in Ontario are still being flooded with calls after warning the public last month of the so-called Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) phishing scam. Ontario Provincial Police said the scam has bogged down provincial communications centres with calls from the public informing officers of the scam.

NJ Com: Bamboozeld: Don’t fall for these scams asking for your social security number – We have seen crooks impersonate law enforcement officials with the IRS scam and now they are impersonating companies too. Last month, a homeowner received a call from someone who said they were from CVS. The caller said CVS was trying to fill his prescription and needed his Social Security number.

Leek and Post Times: iTunes bogus phone calls scam warning – Action Fraud are warning people of a new trend that has hit the UK where offenders contact victims claiming to be from HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) or a PPI Claims company and using deception, con them into paying bogus debts and taxes using iTunes gift cards.

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