Fraud Alerts January – March 2018

More than 100 foreigners linked to telecom fraud nabbed in multiple raids

The Philippine National Police Anti-Cybercrime Group (PNP-ACG) and the Bureau of Immigration took custody of 153 foreigners in raids in the villages of Nagtupacan and Bayubay Sur in San Vicente, Ilocos Sur, and in Las Piñas City in Metro Manila.

*Source: http://news.abs-cbn.com

Shadowy Phone Scams Are Becoming the Latest Front in China-Taiwan Tensions

According to Capt. Lee Chi-shun, an investigator with the Criminal Investigation Bureau of Taiwan’s National Police Administration who was heavily involved in the case, the small shop raided by local police turned out to be a data center where money that had been fleeced from victims of telecom fraud was transferred onward to bank accounts both in and out of Taiwan.

*Source: https://www.worldpoliticsreview.com

Don't call back: 'One ring scam' targets phones across Canada

The fraudsters behind the so-called “one ring scam” place calls that appear to originate overseas and hang up quickly. Curious victims return the anonymous missed call and inadvertently agree to fees that get piled onto their monthly bill.

*Source: https://www.ctvnews.ca

BBB Warns About Cell Phone Porting Scams

Did you know that with a few easy steps someone could steal your phone number and phone service? A new type of scam has been happening across the country and is a new way for scammers to steal your hard-earned money, and even your identity. .

*Source: https://www.bbb.org

Scammers seek SIM numbers in new WhatsApp scam in UAE

Con men are demanding the serial number written on the reverse side of the SIM card.A new scam has been doing the rounds on WhatsApp and SMSes across the UAE, where recipients of a fraudulent message are being asked to participate in a "SIM Card Lucky Draw Comption" (sic).

*Source: https://www.khaleejtimes.com

Missed call phone scam still catching Australian mobile users off guard, ACCC says

The consumer watchdog is warning mobile phone users to avoid returning unexpected calls from overseas numbers as a wangiri scam returns to our shores.

*Source: http://www.abc.net.au

Toll fraud is alive and well

Fraudsters look to VoIP and unified communications as new attack vectors. Almost as long as there have been toll calls there has been toll fraud. From phone phreakers to corrupt insiders to external hackers, fraudsters have found a way to make crime pay.

*Source: https://www.networkworld.com

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