Phone Fraud

FCC Targets Robocalls Anew
Phone Fraud

FCC Targets Robocalls Anew

As part of its strategy to stop unwanted and illegal robocalls, the FCC is opening an inquiry into the way that providers reassign phone numbers and how they can help prevent customers from receiving robocalls intended for other people. The problem arises when one customer gives up a phone number, […]

FCC Proposes Massive $120M Fine in Robocall Scheme
Phone Fraud, Vishing

FCC Proposes Massive $120M Fine in Robocall Scheme

The FCC has proposed a $120 million fine for a Florida man who the commission alleges made nearly 100 million illegal robocalls in a three-month period, some of which hit a paging network used by hospitals, EMTs, and doctors, disrupting its service. The investigation into the robocall operation began last year […]

New IRS Phone Scam Tied to Prepaid Debit Cards
Phone Fraud, Social Engineering

New IRS Phone Scam Tied to Prepaid Debit Cards

Although tax season has been over for two months now, phone scammers are continuing to target victims with a new version of the venerable IRS phone fraud scam, using the agency’s electronic payment system as a lure. The latest iteration of the scheme involves scammers calling victims and trying to […]

FTC Shuts Down Another Tech Support Scam
Phone Fraud, Social Engineering

FTC Shuts Down Another Tech Support Scam

The FTC has reached settlements with two people and companies who the commission alleges were using fake pop-up ads and persuasive phone tactics to run a fake tech support scam. The settlement includes a fine of more than $800,000 and a permanent ban on any of the defendants engaging in similar schemes. […]

FTC Wins Judgment to Halt Major Robocall Operation
Phone Fraud

FTC Wins Judgment to Halt Major Robocall Operation

The FTC has gotten a default judgment against a California man who ran several companies that the commission alleges made billions of illegal robocalls, many of them to people who were on the Do Not Call list. The judgment includes a $2.7 million fine for Aaron Michael Jones, the man […]

Ringless Voicemails May Become the New Robocalls
Phone Fraud, Social Engineering

Ringless Voicemails May Become the New Robocalls

Federal regulators are working on various methods to block robocalls, both to landlines and to mobile phones, with varying degrees of success. As those technologies make their way into the marketplace, some companies now are looking for clearance from the FCC to deliver their messages directly to customers’ voicemails without ringing their […]