May 16, 2014 – The Week in Phone Fraud

This week in Phone Fraud news saw coverage around a UK based bank scam out of Limavady.

On Tuesday UTV first reported on the scam, noting that over the course of two months Limavady police officials had noticed an uptick of fraudsters social engineering victims out of significant sums of money. The fraudster’s methodology varied in approach, but all remained focused on getting people to disclose personal financial details such as pin codes.

On that same day Dean McLaughlin of the BBC picked up the story, adding further color to the narrative by disclosing that one man had lost his life savings of up to £60,000.

Full Breakdown of This Week’s Phone Fraud News

Online Athens: Clarke County Sheriff’s Office warns public to beware of phone scam – May 15, 2014

New York Times: Uruguay: Inmate Tapped Into U.S. Ambassador’s Phone – May 13, 2014

ABC News: Uruguay: Prisoner Hacks US Ambassador’s Cellphone – May 13, 2014

Philipstown Info: Sheriff and U.S. Treasury Inspector General Warn of Phone Scam – May 13, 2014

Alabama News Leader: IRS: Phone Scam ALERT – May 13, 2014

WHNT 19 (ALA): SCAM ALERT: IRS Warns Taxpayers of Phone Scam Going Around – May 12, 2014

BBC: Limavady scam: Tens of thousands stolen from bank accounts– May 12, 2014

Get Hampshire: People urged to ‘fight back against scammers’ – May 12, 2014