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Patch.com - Jun 22, 2016
In a new twist on the old warrant scam, the bad guys are now calling victims and claiming to be from the U.S. Marshals Service, the agency warned in an email to media. The caller tells victims there has been an arrest warrant issued in their name for failure to report for jury duty, a civil suit or failure to respond to a summons, the marshals service said.
WJHL - Jun 22, 2016
The Washington County Sheriff’s Office reports its received several complaints about a phone scam that investigators say is circulating around the region.
Norman Transcript - Jun 16, 2016
A man has reportedly been calling county residents over the past week impersonating a sheriff’s deputy, alerting the Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office.
NJ.com - Jun 14, 2016
Authorities issued a statement on Tuesday saying that "multiple attempts have been made to defraud our residents over the telephone" in which a caller claiming to be a representative of the IRS or U.S. Treasury Department "states that the victim owes back taxes."
Daily Echo - Jun 14, 2016
Hampshire Constabulary say residents in the Winchester have reported phone calls from a person claiming to be from Microsoft.
myfox8.com - Jun 06, 2016
David Davis, of High Point, says he almost fell for the latest scam making its way around the Triad. “I just have to be more vigilant,” Davis said. “I thought I was vigilant enough, but apparently I’m not.”
WFMZ Allentown - Jun 03, 2016
A Florida woman faces theft and conspiracy charges in Northampton County for her role in a phone scam that Bethlehem police say is similar to more than two dozen incidents currently under investigation. Read more from WFMZ.com at: http://www.wfmz.com/news/news-regional-lehighvalley/florida-woman-charged-for-role-in-6000-phone-scam/39888320 Connect with us... Facebook/69WFMZ or @69News
Wall Street Journal - May 27, 2016
Authorities are fighting a scourge of phone crime enabled by cheap technology that blasts out nefarious calls and hides wrongdoers’ whereabouts. The scammers are heavily targeting the elderly, sparking a push in Congress to fight back.
Forbes - May 24, 2016
Scammers are still targeting taxpayers. Nearly 6,400 victims have collectively paid over $36.5 million to scammers posing as Internal Revenue Service (IRS) officials since October of 2013. Over that same time period, the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) has received reports of roughly 1.2 million calls made to taxpayers demanding that they send cash to resolve outstanding tax liabilities. The average amount of money lost in the scam is $5,700.
The Register - May 20, 2016
Cybercrooks have put together a new scam that falls halfway between ransomware and old school browser lockup ruses. The new class of “tech support lockers” rely on tricking users into installing either a fake PC optimiser or bogus Adobe Flash update. Once loaded the malware mimicks ransomware and locks users out of their computers. Unlike Locky, CryptoWall and their ilk it doesn’t actually encrypt files on compromised Windows PCs, however.