June 27, 2014 – The Week in Phone Fraud

This week in phone fraud news saw social engineering in the UK covered by The Register and a breakdown of 5 most common phone scams from CBS MoneyWatch.

On Wednesday, CBS MoneyWatch reporter Mitch Lipka discussed how New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman was now urging the elderly to be aware of phone scams. Moving on from the attorney general’s comments, Mitch then broke down the top 5 common phone scams CBS News was seeing, including Jury Duty, Lottery, and IRS scams.

On Thursday, John Leyden of The Register covered new phone fraud data coming out of the UK. John mentioned that, since the beginning of 2014, UK consumers have lost more than £21m ($28m) to social engineering scams where fraudsters impersonated bank employees and tech support.

Full Breakdown of This Week’s Phone Fraud News

The Register: Average chump in ‘bank’ phone scam is STUNG for £10,000 – study – June 26, 2014

Poughkeepsie Journal: 5 summer scams that target seniors; Dutchess woman got ‘IRS’ call – June 26, 2014

CBS News: 5 Common Phone Scams Targeting Seniors –  June 25, 2014

AZ Central: Gilbert police warn about phone scam, caller identifying self as officer – June 25, 2014

Asbury Park Press: Jackson scam cheats resident out of $4,000 – June 24, 2014

The Kansan: New phone scam reported – June 24, 2014

WBOC 16: Delaware Attorney General Warns of Telephone Scams – June 23, 2014

The Independent Online: Conway warns of phone scams claiming to be IRS -June 23, 2014