TWIPF2Dec. 26, 2014 – This week in phone fraud news, the BBC reveals the details behind a fake call center operation targeting Booking.com customers and IT Business Edge lists the top 10 phone scams of 2014.

On Friday, the BBC’s Money Box reporter, Bob Howard, released the behind the scenes details of a fake call center operation targeting the one of the world’s biggest hotel booking websites, Booking.com. An anonymous whistle blower described calling foreign tourists and telling them that the company had changed its billing policy and now needed advanced payment for their hotel reservations.

Also on Friday, IT Business Edge reviewed the top 10 phone scams of 2014. The scams are based on Pindrop Security’s recent report on the top consumer phone scams of the year. Major scams include credit card interest rate scams, home security systems, and free cruise offers.

Full Breakdown of This Week’s Phone Fraud News – Dec. 22, 2014

USA Today: Tips to fight senior scams from Sen. Bill Nelson – Dec. 22, 2014

Shelby Star: Beware IRS phone scam: What can you do to protect yourself? – Dec. 22, 2014

ComputerWorld: Top 3 Australian financial scams of 2014 – Dec. 22, 2014

The Guardian: Consumer Champions: the best and worst of 2014 – Dec. 22, 2014

ABC 6 News: Police warn homeowners about phone scam – Dec. 21, 2014

BBC: Whistleblower reveals how fraud of Booking.com worked – Dec. 19, 2014

The Daily News Journal: Phone scam originating from Georgia prison – Dec. 19, 2014

IT Business Edge: Top 10 Phone Scams of 2014 – Dec. 19, 2014

Madison.com: Student bilked out of $1,500 in ‘call from police’ scam – Dec. 19, 2014

Ithaca Journal: Phone scam asks for donations for police killed in duty – Dec. 19, 2014

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