Tag: 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, […]

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. […]

New Phone Bot Being Used in Harassing Calls
Phone Fraud, Social Engineering

New Phone Bot Being Used in Harassing Calls

Some attackers have taken to using a new phone bot for the Discord chat and voice app to send large numbers of harassing and nuisance calls to individual victims, retailers, and even law enforcement agencies. Known as Phonecord, the bot is being used in a number of different ways. But unlike […]