TWIPF2This week in phone fraud news, Microsoft launches a legal attack on tech support phone scammers and Smart Customer Service offers the three best practices to avert call center fraud.

Today, the Register reported on Microsoft’s new campaign to end the popular Microsoft tech support phone scam. The company has filed a lawsuit against Omnitech Support, claiming trademark infringement, domain squatting, and unfair and deceptive business practices. Microsoft claims that this is the first in a wave of actions aimed at taking down phone tech support scam operations.

On Thursday, Michele Masterson of Smart Customer Service provided best practices against call center fraud, including an automated verification system, implement an analytics system and protect call center infrastructure. Masterson cites Pindrop’s Greg Adams for the story: “Added Greg Adams, vice president of product management at Pindrop Security, in a statement, ‘One out of every 2,900 calls to a financial institution call center is fraudulent.’”

Full Breakdown of This Week’s Phone Fraud News

TMCnet: IVR Systems: Efficiency, Cost Savings — and a Security Threat – Dec. 19, 2014

The Register: Microsoft begins ware against fake phone tech support scams – Dec. 19, 2014

Capital Gazette: Officer to would-be phone scammer: ‘You realize you called the police department?’ – Dec. 18, 2015

The Jackson Sun: Telephone fraud is big business – Dec. 18, 2014

Detroit Free Press: Scammers Try to Impersonate Big Names, Like Target – Dec. 18, 2014

Smart Customer Service: 3 Best Practices to Avert Contact Center Fraud – Dec. 18, 2014

Wired: Uber testing biometrics and lie detectors to improve safety – Dec. 18, 2014

KX News: Xcel Energy Warns of Scam – Dec. 17, 2014

My Fox NY: Phone Scam Warning – Dec. 17, 2014

Atlanta Journal Constitution: Technology in Georgia: Predictions for 2015 – Dec. 17, 2014

KSWO: Phone Scam, Inmate indicted for fraud – Dec. 16, 2014

eWEEK: Contact Solutions Releases Adaptive Fraud Protection Platform – Dec. 16, 2014

Forbes: Why Hackers Love Passwords – Dec. 15. 2014

InformationWeek: Voice Biometrics Improve Transaction Monitoring Fraud Detection – Dec. 15, 2014

CB Insights: Bulge Bracket Bank Investing into Tech Startups Hits Record in 2014 – Dec. 14, 2014

USA Today: Add Santa-Letter Ploy to Growing List of Scams – Dec. 14, 2014

USA Today: Phone scam fakes $7,000 offer from government – Dec. 14, 2014

CBS New York: Cons Put New Twist On Old Phone Scam In Wyckoff – Dec. 13, 2014

Bank Info Security: Will Banks Be Required to Have Cyber-Insurance? –Dec. 12, 2014

Cincinnati.com: Phone Scam Sending Taxicabs To Fort Thomas Homes – Dec. 12, 2014

Euromoney: Banks Arm Themselves Against Ever-More Sophisticated Cyber Threats – Dec. 12, 2014

Belfast Telegraph: Five questions on phone scams: How do they trick people into believing them? – Dec. 12, 2014

One Response to Dec. 19, 2014 – The Week in Phone Fraud

  1. leslie

    There’s a lot of complaints against fake tech support calls lodged at Callercenter.com and Microsoft might want to look into the posts, too. The scammer phone numbers were included and surely, they could use that to locate the people behind the calls.

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