This week in phone fraud saw warnings of a new scam involving fraudsters imitating the Financial Ombudsman Service and a couple that was scammed out of $22k.
On Wednesday, the Associated Press reported on a couple in South Dakota who were scammed out of $22,000 by a man claiming to work for federal immigration authorities. The couple, who are in the process of applying for US citizenship, were told that each needed to pay $11,000 for a dispute over their home in their home country of India.
On Thursday, This Is Money warned of a new phone scams aimed at households in the UK. The scam involves fraudsters imitating the Financial Ombudsman Service that cold-call households and state that they need to pay £150 to release compensation to which they are entitled.
Full Breakdown of This Week’s Phone Fraud News
Philly.com: Try To Spot Phone Scammers – Then Get Back At Them – Oct. 2, 2014
Billing World: Fraud Management Collaboration: From ‘Great Idea’ to Real Software and Intelligence Sharing – Oct. 1, 2014
Associated Press: Couple In South Dakota Scammed Out Of $22K By Man Claiming To Be With Immigration Authorities – Oct. 1, 2014
Credit.com: How Can Someone Steal Your Credit Card While It’s Still in Your Wallet? –Oct. 1, 2014
CBS New York: Nassau Officials Urge Vigilance In Response To IRS Phone Scam – Oct. 1, 2014
Boston Herald: State Officials Warn About New Phone Scam – Sept. 30, 2014
SF Weekly: Fake IRS Agents Still Ripping Off San Franciscans – Sept. 29, 2014
South China Morning Post: Phone-Scam Ring Smashed After Cross-Border Raid – Sept. 27, 2014
Daily Finance: Threatening Calls from Fake ‘IRS Agents’ Prompt FBI Warning – Sept. 26, 2014
The Telegraph: Fraud Experts Warn On Hotspots Where Flats Are Targeted With ‘Letter Box Scam’ – Sept. 26, 2014
Security Management: Financial Fraud in Lithuania – Sept. 25, 2014