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Top 3 Social Engineering Scams

…ms that all consumers and businesses should know about as we move into 2017: Scam Using the IRS Starting from the holiday season stretching through the end of tax season, there are scams involving the IRS. One such scam uses caller ID to change the true number of the caller and replaces it with a number from Washington, D.C., making it look like the number is from the IRS. Usually, the hacker already knows a lot about the victim, as they got…

Beware of these 4Scams

IRS The e-mail (or phone call) says you owe money; if you don’t pay it immediately, you’ll be put in jail or fined.The scammer may know the last four digits of the victim’s Social Security number. Caller ID will be spoofed to look like the call is from the IRS. The e-mail will include an IRS logo and other nuances to make it look official. The scammer may also have an accomplice call the victim pretending to be a police officer. The victim is…

How to prevent IRS scams

…motions like a cat playing with a mouse, he first gains your trust, pretending to like the same things you do, whatever it takes so that you don’t question him. Scammers are adept at appearing credible, such as tricking your caller ID into showing “IRS” or the name of your bank in the ID field. They may have a snazzy website up, a “badge number,” noise in the background to simulate a call center, even a fake accent. Remember, scammers are pros….

Beware of ALL these Scams

…need money is a cue for you to run for the hills. Uncle Sam Through a phone call or e-mail, you’re notified you owe back taxes or that a refund is owed to you (and you must pay a fee to get it). SCAM! The crook can make the caller ID look like the IRS. The caller may threaten to have you arrested or pose as a sheriff. If you owe or are owed, the IRS will always snail mail you. Ugly Baby You’re approached by a woman while you push a stroller….

Why you want a Copy of your Medical Records

…care number to anybody in public, even if it’s a person inside a medical clinic lobby approaching you and offering a free service for Medicare users. Never give your Medicare number over the phone. No exceptions, even if the caller is claiming to be from Medicare. Check all medical bills for any odd charges, duplicate charges or errors. If a charge appears unauthorized, promptly report it to the provider. If that doesn’t help, escalate it to…

Think Your Door can’t get Kicked in, Think Again

…heir Southside home on July 17 to find their front door kicked in. Burglars had stolen the couple’s television and Maura’s purse containing her Lone Star and debit cards. 9/23/15 Alabama; Law enforcement blotter: Caller checking on location for owner, door kicked in, Ashby 2 men with 31 previous arrests nabbed in Hoover break-in 9/21/15 The break-in happened about 3:15 p.m. Thursday in the 5000 block of Tree Crossings Parkway at…

Retirees Prime Targets for Identity Theft

…A caller pretending to be “your favorite grandson.” This lures the victim into announcing the name of that grandson, and then the crook identifies himself by that name. If the victim has hearing loss, he can’t tell that the caller’s voice doesn’t sound like his grandson. The caller then gives a sob story and asks Gramps to wire him some money. Retirement home employees access resident records for their Social Security numbers and other data,…

Tell your Grams about these Scams

…ted that person’s Facebook page—and yours. If you ask if you can call back, the caller won’t accept this. Asking additional questions about the “accident” or “burglary” won’t get you answers. Obituaries and Funeral Homes The caller says that the deceased owes a debt. Or, the caller says he provides funeral services. The victim is a spouse usually. A funeral home that you’re already working with may also try to scam you by talking you into the…

Teen pleads to SWATTING

…People will call 911 to report lightning—simply in the sky. Other examples: Caller couldn’t figure out how to exit a locked car. Caller complained her husband was viewing porn. Complaints about inadequate restaurant service. Caller complained her boyfriend wouldn’t warm her cold feet. Caller (drunk) complained a bouncer wouldn’t let him into a night club. I say no jail time for these morons. Instead, make ‘em stand all day at a busy intersection…

Beware of these 10 Nasty Scams

…n the e-mail to claim your prize—which is a nice fat virus that infects your computer. Run like the wind if the message tells you that you need to pay a fee to claim your winnings. Jury Duty Your phone rings. You answer. The caller tells you that you’ll be subject to fines because you didn’t show up for jury duty. But relax, you can avoid the fines by providing personal information or paying a fee. Courts have better things to do than to call…

Trusting too much brings Trouble

…r to well-known ones. Rental. The crook sends the landlord an overpayment by check of the first month’s rent before living there, then tells the landlord to wire back the difference. The check bounces. IRS: Always hang up on callers identifying themselves as tax people claiming you underpaid or are owed a refund, even if the caller ID says “IRS.” Robert Siciliano is an identity theft expert to BestIDTheftCompanys.com discussing identity theft…

Beware every time the Phone rings

…asking for money, hang up and call them to verify that said caller is really your relative. Avoiding Scam Calls Must you answer the phone every time it rings? It’s perfectly legal to ignore a ringing phone. If your phone has caller block, input numbers from suspected scammers. Next time they call, there’ll be barely one ring, then the caller will be blocked. Robert Siciliano is an identity theft expert to BestIDTheftCompanys.com discussing…

How to identify Tax Scams

…mmon name (i.e., Michael Harris). The phone call coincides with an e-mail (to make things appear more official). The caller hangs up when you say, “I actually work for the IRS myself.” Scammers’ tricks that can fool you: The caller ID appears it’s the IRS calling. Caller ID can be easily “spoofed”. You get another call from supposedly the DMV or police department, and the caller ID shows this. (Now think about this for a moment: With all the…

Don’t be scammed into paying Back Taxes

…e scams, of course, but the predators prey on peoples’ fear of Uncle Sam. It all begins with the fraudster making a phone call, pretending to be an IRS employee. They have other tricks up their sleeve too, such as making the caller ID show a number that appears to be coming from the IRS and identifying themselves with phony IRS badge numbers. They’ll even leave urgent messages if they get voicemail. Preying on emotions, the crook gets vulnerable…

10 Skeevy Scams to watch

…Naoombuule. But people actually fall for these, not considering that this same e-mail was sent to 10,000 others. Top 10 Scams of 2014 Caller ID spoofing. Has your phone ever rung and you saw your phone number and name in the caller ID screen? How can your own phone be calling you? It’s a scam. Ignore it. If you pick up you’ll hear an offer for lower credit card rates. You’ll be told to press 1 to opt out—but you should not even be on that long…

Swatting is potentially deadly

…on mute, but not advised. But for Pete’s sake, lock up the house! Vanremortel’s girlfriend and two roommates were held at gunpoint while the house was searched. You can see how swatting can turn deadly. In other incidents, a caller said he shot his wife and rigged his home with explosives, then said he shot his neighbor. In another, a caller said he shot his mother. At a minimum a home alarm in these situations would make law enforcement aware…

Identity thieves bombarding Call Centers

…d and bank accounts “posing” as themselves to see just how easy or difficult it might be to gain access with what kind of “easy to guess” or ”easily found on social” information/questions that may be used to authenticate the caller. Then change those “out of wallet” or “knowledge based questions” Robert Siciliano is an identity theft expert to BestIDTheftCompanys.com discussing identity theft prevention. For Roberts FREE ebook text- SECURE…

15 ways to prevent Travel related Identity Theft

…y on a passport and it gets stolen, you’ll end up in a bind you’ll never forget. Have backups of both scanned and available online. #10 Hotel scams Never give out private information over your hotel room’s phone, even if the caller says they’re from the front desk and need to straighten something out. Instead, deal with them at the front desk so you know it’s not a scam. #11 Lock up valuables. This doesn’t just mean jewelry, but use your hotel…

Beware of the One Ring Scam

“The Ring” means more than just a dead girl crawling out of a well; it can also mean the one ring that you get on your cell phone that’s designed to get you to call back to find out who the caller was—only you’ll end up getting a charge on your next bill instead. The official name of this scam is the “one ring,” and here is how it works: Your cell phone rings once. You may not get to the device in time to answer, and you don’t recognize the…

Kim Kardashian’s Identity Theft Case cracked

…d his mother. Someone had phoned American Express claiming to be Kim Kardashian, knew her private information, then changed the account’s SSN to that of Flores’. The snail mail address was changed to Flores’ apartment’s. The caller then requested replacement cards. The Secret Service questioned Flores and Kyah Green, his mother, about the cards but they didn’t cooperate. The Secret Service also discovered that Flores had a history of fraudulent…

FTC: Tech Support Scams are baaaaack!

…who offers a refund if you provide your credit card or bank information or Western Union account number. Better yet, why bother even answering a call in the first place if you don’t recognize the caller’s number? And if the caller’s number appears to be from “your” bank or credit card company or from Microsoft or anyone you alredy know and trust, still don’t answer; if it’s legitimate, they’ll leave a message. Even still, don’t call back the…

Top 10 Identity Theft Scams

…to dumpster diving, it is not—because you are in control. Ask yourself this: “If someone stole my trash, would I be upset because my identity could be stolen?” If you say yes, then you should shred all your discarded papers. Caller ID spoofing. Phone fraud is a big deal. When scammers call you and pretend to be someone else, they may spoof caller ID to make you believe the source is a legitimate entity like the police, government agency, bank or…

Caller ID Spoofing Effective in Identity Theft

Caller ID spoofing is when a telephone’s caller ID displays a number that does not belong to the person calling. The telephone network is tricked into displaying this spoofed number as a result of flaws in caller ID technology. Caller ID spoofing can look like the call is coming from any phone number. People inherently trust caller ID simply because they are unaware that caller ID spoofing exists. WKYC in Ohio reports, “Police want residents to…

3 Scams To Be Aware of – Lookout for These Nastygrams

…ution for the promise of making hundreds of thousands of dollars. Grandparents scam: One of the easiest and most vile scams on the block is the “Grandparent Scam”. The phone rings and an elderly person answers the phone. The caller says either “Grammy, Granny, Grandma, Nana, Nonna, Papa, Baba or Grandpa?” The elderly person says ‘Yes” and the caller states “It’s your grandson!” When the elderly person responds and rattles off a name of a…

Classified Ad Scams Target Pet Lovers

…stern Union. The delivery service told the family to send another $820 or risk losing the dog. That’s when the couple realized they’d been scammed. They told the person on the other end of the phone the deal was off. But the caller kept calling, becoming more aggressive each time. “He kept calling me saying the dogs here,” said the victim. “Making me feel like this poor dog is sitting somewhere unattended.” When the caller realized the couple…

Protect Yourself from Vishing

…ploit databases connected to VoIP systems. Caller ID Spoofing: This is the practice of causing the telephone network to display a false number on the recipient’s caller ID. A number of companies provide tools that facilitate caller ID spoofing. VoIP has known flaws that allow for caller ID spoofing. These tools are typically used to populate the caller ID with a specific bank or credit union, or just with the words “Bank” or “Credit Union.”…

Phone Scammers Have No Shortage of Targets

…o get bailed out of jail. Other scammers call informing the victim they won the sweepstakes or lottery and only need them to pay by credit card or wire money to insure the winnings end up in their back account. Sometimes the caller will say they are a lawyer from a foreign land and a long lost relative just died and left a large amount of money that desperately needs to get into the victims back account. All that needs to happen is the victim…

Beware of Robo-Call Scams

While out for an evening with friends talking about everything under the sun, including security, which I’m obsessed with – and people often quiz me anyways, my mobile rang from an “unknown” number. The caller, a computer, stated “Hello, this is a call from Eastern Bank. Your MasterCard account has been locked. Please press 1 now to unlock.” Eastern Bank is local to me. This is hilarious because I don’t have an Eastern Bank account and…

Hacking Voicemail is Scary Easy

…y “caller ID spoofing” services. These services allow for anyone to make a call to any number and trick the voicemail into believing it’s coming from the voicemails intended account holder. Once the voicemail is accessed the caller may not need a PIN or access may be granted via default passwords like 1111 or 0000. When the voicemail receives a call they think is coming from the correct phone number spoofed by caller ID it automatically trusts…

Facebook Commenting Only Keeps the Honest, Honest

…had. I have always felt that a lack of accountability in the commenting process unfortunately brings out the worst in people. Today, anonymous Internet commentary is similar to prank phone calls prior to the introduction of caller ID. Of course, what is or is not appropriate depends on one’s political, social, and economic perspective, and in many cases, anonymous comments can influence the direction of an online dialogue. Some commenters rely…

Craigslist Scammers Ship Checks Via FedEx

…raud, or a shipping scam, and that he will undoubtedly receive an email demanding that the difference be paid to shippers. Maybe the scammer pretended to be deaf, using the translator service as a third party to scramble the caller’s location. Or maybe the buyer really was a deaf woman. But why send a check for $2,400, and why from a chemical company? Probably because it was the only seemingly legitimate check the scammer had printed up at the…

Beware Of 10 Tax-time Scams

…, then pocket the money. 3. Basic phone scams. Using the telephone for scams is back. Scammers call your home posing as local fire dept collecting your personal information for their records in case there is an emergency. 4. Caller ID spoof. New technologies that allow anyone any time to mask what shows on your caller ID and pose as an official, lottery or authority to get you to reveal data or write checks. 5. Late payment scam. As people fall…

How the Grandparent Scam Works

…is what plays into telephone fraud scams. One of the easiest and most vile scams on the block is the “Grandparent Scam”. The phone rings and an elderly person answers the phone. They may be slightly hard of hearing, and the caller says either “Grammy, Granny, Grandma, Nana, Nonna, Papa, Baba or Grandpa?” The elderly person says ‘Yes” and the caller states “It’s your grandson!” When the elderly person responds and rattles off a name of a…

Top 5 Vishing Techniques

…ploit databases connected to VoIP systems. Caller ID Spoofing: This is the practice of causing the telephone network to display a false number on the recipient’s caller ID. A number of companies provide tools that facilitate caller ID spoofing. VoIP has known flaws that allow for caller ID spoofing. These tools are typically used to populate the caller ID with a specific bank or credit union, or just with the words “Bank” or “Credit Union.”…

Caller ID: Tool for Scammers

…ty, a government agency, a credit card company, or anything else that might be lucrative. Abuses of caller ID spoofing have raised hackles with government officials. Don’t automatically trust the information displayed by you caller ID. No matter what your caller ID says, never give out personal information over the phone. If a caller tells you you’ve won something or stand to lose something, tell them you’ll be happy to discuss if further, but…

Part 1 of Identity Theft – 5 Identity Theft Myths Unveiled

…ft is the bigger problem. A lost or stolen wallet, checkbook, or a debit or credit card handed over to a clerk or information tossed in the trash are all the most prevalent ways your identity is jacked. #4 Caller ID is safe. Caller IDs are easily spoofed with technology that allows the bad guy to change what shows up on your handset. First, no matter who calls, never giver personal information over the phone if you stand to gain or lose…

Caller ID Spoofing Scams

ATM Security Threats Increase

…he banks telephone banking system to change the customers PIN. They may try to change the customers ANI (Automatic Number Identification) is a system utilized by telephone companies to identify the DN (Directory Number) of a caller. This might be accomplished via “Caller ID Spoofing”. They use publicly available data on the card holder such as name, card account number and last four digits of the social security number to “verify” them as the…

What is “Swatting” And How Do I Protect My Family

…ipient’s caller ID display which is not that of the actual originating caller. 911 systems operators and the technology behind 911 calls have been tricked by calls placed from cities hundreds of miles away. Most people trust caller ID and are unaware of caller ID spoofing. This is obviously a flawed system ripe for fraud. MSNBC reports Doug Bates and his wife, Stacey, were in bed around 10 p.m., their 2-year-old daughters asleep in a nearby…

Published Articles

…orld’s Strangest Laws) http://www.fiftyplusadvocates.com/news/cmass_fpa_090212.pdf (quoted April 2009 Bay States Elderly Being Targeted By Phone Scams) http://www.mainstreet.com/article/moneyinvesting/news/scam-busters-caller-id-spoofing (quoted April 2009 Scam Busters: Caller ID Spoofing) http://officesupplygeek.com/pen-review/office-supplies-to-prevent-identity-theft-and-fraud/ (quoted April 2009 Office Supplies to Prevent Identity Theft…

Realty Safety and Security

…wise causing harm would become illegal under legislation that passed the House Wednesday. The legislation would only outlaw the use of spoofing technology when the intent is to deceive and harm the recipient of Watch Out For Caller ID Spoofing Caller ID spoofing is the practice of causing the telephone network to display a number on the recipient’s caller ID display which is not that of the actual originating caller. Similar to e-mail spoofing…

Caller ID Spoofing Becoming Illegal

…ting caller. Similar to e-mail spoofing which can make it appear that a message came from any e-mail address the sender chooses. Caller ID spoofing can make a call appear to have come from any phone number. Most people trust caller ID and are unaware of caller ID spoofing. This is obviously a flawed system ripe for fraud. Legitimate uses of caller ID spoofing have included: A domestic abuse shelter changing its number to protect an occupant of…

Watch Out For Caller ID Spoofing

…nt agencies, credit card companies or whatever the imagination can bring. Abuses of this technology have raised hackles with government officials. Any time your phone rings be suspect. Don’t automatically trust what shows on caller ID. No matter what caller ID says, never give out personal information over the phone. If someone is calling because you won something or stand to lose something, tell them you’d be happy to discuss, but that you will…

Who Are Your Kids Chatting With On Their Webcam?

…rs. The best calls were when you got someone on the line that got all mad and reacted in a way that made us want to call that person every five minutes forever. We just needed “stimulation.” Then we grew up. Just in time for caller ID and no more prank phone calls. Back then, the telephone was the only technology we had access to, other than walkie talkies and hacking CB radios. Today is a whole new era. All along we were told “not to talk to…

Online Scam Targets Pet Lovers

…The deliv ery service told the family to send another $820 or risk losing the dog. That’s when the couple realized they’d been scammed. They told the person on the other end of the phone the deal was off. But the caller kept calling, becoming more aggressive each time. “He kept calling me saying the d ogs here,” said the victim . “Making me feel like this poor dog is sitting somewhere unattended.” When the…

Police Warn of Potential “Alarm” Scam

…system. Which or course is the appropriate response. In this case , after the resident made it a difficult sales call and the sales person hung up on him. This prompted a call to the police. When the police investigated the caller ID number, they were met with busy signals and incomplete calls. I ’ ve been addressed in a similar way over the phone, at my front door and via email. Whatever you tell them can be used against you. They can steal…

SWATting, Using Technology To Hurt

…ting caller. Similar to e-mail spoofing which can make it appear that a message came from any e-mail address the sender chooses, caller ID spoofing can make a call appear to have come from any phone number. Most people trust caller ID and are unaware of caller ID spoofing. This is obviously a flawed system ripe for fraud. MSNBC reports Doug Bates and his wife, Stacey, were in bed around 10 p.m., their 2-year-old daughters asleep in a nearby…

Identity Theft Myths Part 1of3 During PYIW

…theft.html#whatdothievesdowithastolenidentity Myth #4: It is safe to give your personal information over the phone if your caller ID confirms that it is your bank. It is never safe to give personal information to unsolicited callers, no matter who they say they are. Caller IDs are easily spoofed. If you believe the caller is legitimate, hang up and call the bank back at its listed phone number….

ATM Fraud Increases Identity Theft Risk

…he banks telephone banking system to change the customers PIN. They may try to change the customers ANI (Automatic Number Identification) is a system utilized by telephone companies to identify the DN (Directory Number) of a caller. This might be accomplished via “Caller ID Spoofing”. They use publicly available data on the card holder such as name, card account number and last four digits of the social security number to “verify” them as the…

mCrime; Hacking Mobile Phones for Identity Theft

…ication of a virus that gives the criminal total, remote access to the user’s data. This same technology is being introduced to cell phones as “snoopware.” Legitimate uses for snoopware on phones do exist: silently recording caller information, seeing GPS positions, monitoring kids’ and employees’ mobile web and text messaging activities. Criminal hackers have taken the snoopware and spyware technology even further. Major technology…

Identity Theft Tax Time Scams

…cks, then pocket the money 3. Basic Phonescams; Using the telephone for scams is back. Scammers call your home posing as local fire dept collecting your personal information for their records in case their is an emergency 4. Caller ID Spoof; New technologies that allow anyone any time to mask what shows on your caller ID and pose as an official, lottery or authority to get you to reveal data or write checks. 5. Late Payment Scam; As people fall…

Identity Theft Expert and Speaker on Personal Security: Phone Scams a Concern for Consumers, Voters, and Even Businesses Themselves

…e these alleged calls (known as “push polling”) to a professional phone bank based in Utah. “Never assume a supposedly official phone call indeed is,” said Siciliano. “No matter whom or what the caller professes to represent, the whole thing could be illegitimate.” Siciliano said misleading phone calls can be a tool for fraudsters. Following are two of many phone scams that have taken place in November alone:…

 

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