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May 30, 2014 – The Week in Phone Fraud

This week in Phone Fraud news saw repeated coverage around cautionary phone scam stories across the US.

On Tuesday in Illinois, local ABC affiliate KSPR ran a story around one woman’s daily battle with phone fraudsters, claiming that she is contacted up to 6 times a day by unidentified men with a variety of backstories. Some callers tell her she’s won a prize, others offer her a job, and some are even bold enough to insist that she immediately turn on her computer because a virus is currently attacking it.

On Thursday, Florida based publication The News Press ran a story around how phone scams are like love bugs because they come in waves. Reporter Melanie Payne warned against a few top trending attacks, including an increase in utility company phone scams and the ever-popular Microsoft Customer support phone scam.

Full Breakdown of This Week’s Phone Fraud News

The News Press: Phone scams are like love bugs they come in waves – May 29, 2014

Hertfordshire Mercury: Hertford police phone scam taskforce arrest four men in North London – May 29, 2014

WWAY TV 3: Leland woman loses $2,700 in jury duty phone scam – May 28, 2014

Wetherby News: Bank scam warning after money stolen – May 28, 2014

ABC (Brisbane): Hanging up: how to put an end to prank and scam phone calls – May 27, 2014

KSPR ABC (Illinois): Woman overwhelmed by scam calls – May 27, 2014