Kim Komando Special to USA TODAY Published 5:00 AM EDT Jul 4, 2019 Some people think they’re immune to cybercriminals. “I’m not even on their radar,” they think. “What are the chances that I’ll get targeted? It’s not like I’m famous or have zillions of dollars.” Well, let me tell you a cautionary tale: A gentleman named Bob recently called my national radio and television show. He owns a Homeland Security consulting company, so he’s about as knowledgeable about online precautions as a person can be. For work, Bob was using a Yahoo Small Business account, and he needed to upgrade his service. His instincts were correct. There had been a well-documented Yahoo breach, so Bob was doing his due diligence and updating his software. Tap or click here to learn about the Yahoo data breach. He had a few questions, did a Google search for Yahoo’s small business helpline and called. Little did he know the listed number … [Read more...] about Scammers can push fake numbers on search engines, luring prey.
Scammers using local phone numbers
A THRUMSTER man talked about the distress and anger he felt after having to deal with an aggressive phone scammer.John Mackay (70) has had two calls from the same number in which he is told to not hang up or the police will immediately be called and a warrant issued for his arrest."I'm not so much concerned about me but if an older person got a call like this it could have them in a serious state of panic," Mr Mackay said.The fraudster called on two separate occasions claiming that an arrest warrant would be issued for him if he hung up the phone and that he must settle an outstanding tax bill immediately.The scam number is similar to the legitimate HM Revenue and Customs number of 0300 2003300 and according to Mr Mackay the caller claimed to be an Inland Revenue official demanding that an unpaid debt be paid right away."He said to me, 'Do not put this phone down, this is the Inland Revenue calling. If you put this phone down there will be police at your house in 15 minutes.' He then … [Read more...] about Tax scammer leaves Thrumster man fuming
By business reporter David Chau – ABC Australians lost nearly half a billion dollars to scammers in 2018, but that figure is just “the tip of the iceberg”, the consumer watchdog has warned. Consumers were cheated out of (at least) $489 million last year — a 44 per cent jump on the $340 million reported in 2017 — according to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s (ACCC) latest ‘Targeting Scams’ report. But the ACCC’s deputy chair Delia Rickard said the total was likely to be higher. “We know that not everyone who suffers a loss to a scammer reports it to a government agency,” she said. Aside from the ACCC, these agencies include the Australian Cybercrime Online Reporting Network (ACORN), Australian Taxation Office (ATO) and the United States Federal Trade Commission (the US-equivalent of the ACCC), among others. The regulator noted, in particular, a 900 per cent surge in the number of reported “ATO … [Read more...] about Australians losing billions to scammers
Dublin's oldest university was stung for almost €800,000 in 2017, when a scammer got hold of the email account owned by an employee of the college's fundraising division. The crook transferred the money to another account. While Trinity recovered €218,000 of the money, it also spent €184,000 on investigating the cyber fraud. That same year, Dublin Zoo was hit for almost €500,000 when fraudsters posed as one of the zoo's suppliers, claiming that their banking details had changed. When the zoo then paid subsequent invoices it received from the actual supplier, the scammers got the cash. While neither the zoo nor Gardai have officially commented on the money's whereabouts, it's understood that most of the cash was retrieved. A similar scam cost the Louth and Meath Education and Training Board, which oversees the education of 35,000 students and 16 secondary schools, almost €250,000. Meanwhile, Ryanair got tricked in 2015 when over €4.5m was diverted … [Read more...] about How email scammers are siphoning millions away from Irish firms
POLICE have warned residents in Shipston to be on their guard against telephone scam which involves thousands of pounds. In the last couple of weeks a number of residents in Shipston have been called on their landline and mobile phone by fraudsters. One person was called by a female claiming to work for BT Outreach. The caller made contact on a telephone number 02081 332416 and gave a story about the client having a faulty router and asking for £100s upfront to fix the issue. The scammers then said they had put an excess of money into homeowners account and wanted payment back of £1000s. The scammer then obtained passwords and took control of the homeowners computer. The victim was then asked to go to their local bank and place two bank transfers both of more than £8,000 into the scammers’ bank account. The scammers even had the cheek to recall the homeowner the following day and ask for a further £5,000. Police say the fraudsters use slightly different … [Read more...] about Police issue scammers warning in Shipston as elderly targetted