This week in phone fraud news saw reports of variations in the IRS phone scam. In the UK, tech support phone scams continued to defraud consumers.
On Monday, Dave Berman of Florida Today wrote about a new tactic being deployed by the IRS phone scammers. Berman wrote that consumers have complained about receiving automated calls from an agency claiming to be “Internal Revenue Services,” where a lawsuit was threatened unless the victim paid a sum of cash.
On Tuesday in the UK, ITV News reported new complaints about tech support phone scams. In this scam, victims are told that their computer has a virus and then are talked through how to give the caller remote access to the computer. Once the scammers have access to the computer, they are able to figure out passwords and account details that they can use to socially engineer victims in hacking attacks.
Full Breakdown of This Week’s Phone Fraud News
ITV News: What To Do If You Receive A Scam Phone Call – Nov. 12, 2014
The Mapleton Press: BBB warns of IRS and Medicare Phone Scams – Nov. 12, 2014
Worthington News: Police Warn Of IRS Phone Scam – Nov. 12, 2014
ActionNewsJax.com: BBB: Beware Of Scam Calls Claiming To Be From IRS, U.S. Treasury – Nov. 11, 2014
ITV News: Computers Accessed In New Phone Scam – Nov. 11, 2014
Technology Spectator: The New ‘Blue Screen Of Death’ – Nov. 11, 2014
Myce: New Phone Scam Threatens You’ll Get Arrested If You Don’t Call Back – Nov. 10, 2014
Evening Times: OAP Is Conned Out Of £10,000 In ‘No Hang Up’ Scam – Nov. 10, 2014
Columbia Daily Herald: Fake Text Message Part Of Phone Scam – Nov. 8, 2014
Manchester Evening News: Victims of Bogus Apple and Microsoft ‘Experts’ Rocket in Greater Manchester – Nov. 8, 2014
Florida Today: It’s a Scam: The IRS is Not Calling You – Nov. 7, 2014
Harlow Star: Six Plead Guilty To Bogus Police Phone Scam – Nov. 7, 2014
NewsOK: Vendor Pleads Guilty In Lifeline Phone Fraud Case – Nov. 7, 2014
KCCI 8 News: Ignore These Phone Calls, Just Hang Up … – Nov. 7, 2014
Patch: Don’t Trust Your Caller ID; ‘Fake Police’ Phone Scam in Medford Ongoing – Nov. 6, 2014
WCBD News: Largest Phone Scam On Record Targets SC residents, IRS Officials Say – Nov. 6, 2014