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New ‘Police’ Phone Scam Targets Indiana Businesses via 44News

New ‘Police’ Phone Scam Targets Indiana Businesses via 44News 0

A new ‘police’ phone scam is targeting businesses across the Hoosier state. This scam involves businesses getting a call from someone claiming to be with a local police department asking for donations for a community cause.

Scammers ask for the company director by name and ask if they would like to continue to support a local police community publication with a small donation. An alleged colleague calls the company director within 10 minutes of the first call to ask for a payment. When the business officials ask the caller for a call back number, the scammer claims he has forgotten his number.

Indiana businesses are being warned to hang up and be wary of unsolicited calls. Police will not ask for money via phone calls.

One way businesses can protect itself is to buy a call blocker device such as a CPR Call Blocker that plugs into any landline and has a ‘block now’ button, which ends an unwanted call and permanently blocks the number. These devices come pre-programmed with up to 2,000 known nuisance callers and have the ability to store up to an additional 1,500 numbers.

For more information, visit CPR Call Blocker.

 

Original article from 44News.

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How the FCC hopes to curb those annoying spam calls

How the FCC hopes to curb those annoying spam calls 0

Calls from “spoofed” numbers have disturbed countless Americans at dinner time and deceived millions into turning over money or their personal information to scammers on the other end of the phone. 

Q: What is a spoofed number? 

Scammers spoof another phone number when they use that number to hide their identity or the origin of their call. A spoofed number could be one a phone company has not yet assigned, a number from an invalid or nonexistent area code, or a number from a line that does not dial out. 

Sometimes the call is made by an actual person, but usually it is an automated call. 

Robocall scams have long been a pain in regulators’ sides. But the proliferation of Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) phones, which use a broadband internet connection to dial out instead of a traditional analog phone line, has enabled the number of robocall scams to explode. Complaints about robocalls violating the National Do Not Call Registry, an opt-in list that prohibits telemarketers from calling consumers, doubled from 2010 to 2015, according to Consumers Union, the advocacy arm of Consumer Reports. Today, unwanted calls including robocalls and telemarketing scams are the No. 1 consumer complaint the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) receives, with about 200,000 filed annually.

These scams have also had economic consequences for Americans. Of the 13 percent of US adults who have been victims of a telephone scam, nearly half of them have lost between $100 and $10,000, according to a study released in December by CPR Call Blocker, a company that sells devices that block unwanted calls. 

Q: Why have existing regulations been useless? 

The simple answer is scammers ignore them, often because they illegally operate overseas or are otherwise out of law enforcement’s reach.

Spoofing is generally illegal in the United States, although Congress’s Truth in Caller ID Act of 2009 grants exceptions for political campaigns, charities, debt collectors, pharmacies, schools, and other providers of information. 

Additional federal measures targeting telemarketing abuse include the Telephone Consumer Protection Act of 1991 as well as the National Do Not Call Registry, which the Federal Trade Commission opened in 2003. The problem with these regulations, explains Consumers Union policy analyst Maureen Mahoney, is that scammers disregard them. 

Regulators have tried to put up other roadblocks, such as banning robocalls to cellphones without prior written consent. But spoofers have found their way around these, too, says Margot Freeman Saunders, senior counsel to the National Consumer Law Center. 

“Spoofers are often judgment-proof,” she says. “The current laws just apply prohibitions to the spoofer, but you never know who they are, and you can’t find them even when they are in the United States.”

Q: What does the FCC plan to do now? 

The commission is both proposing new rules and asking for help. In a shift away from its long-standing policy of never allowing phone companies to block calls, the FCC is proposing allowing providers to do so if it appears the call originated from a number that is unassigned or invalid or is one a subscriber previously requested be blocked because of concerns that his or her number was being spoofed.

But the FCC is also asking phone companies and the public to come up with ideas to ensure that legal telemarketers aren’t also blocked. The commission is seeking public comments through the spring, and the final rules aren’t likely to come into force before late this year. 

Q: Will this plan work?

Yes and no. Consumer advocates say it is no panacea, but it’s a good start. They point to the success of a test that phone companies and the FCC recently conducted. Providers reduced scam calls purportedly from the Internal Revenue Service by about 90 percent in the third quarter of 2016 by blocking numbers on a list associated with government, bank, and other lines that do not dial out, according to the FCC.

But Ms. Mahoney at Consumers Union urges phone companies to do more and for more technology to be made available to consumers to block or stop calls. Although a coalition of 33 companies already formed the Robocall Strike Force to develop new scam-fighting tools, Mahoney says companies should also offer consumers free tools to, for example, identify numbers that have been spoofed by using caller ID. 

Q: What scams should people watch out for in the meantime? 

“Rachel,” from Cardholder Services, is just one caller consumers should be wary of. She has already duped countless Americans by promising to lower their credit-card bill. Another popular scam asks a question such as “Can you hear me?” to trick people into saying “yes.” Don’t. A one-word answer can be edited later to make it sound as if the person authorized a major purchase. A third scam is a phony fundraising call, often from politicians. People whose voices have been used include Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.

Original Article Source: http://www.csmonitor.com/Technology/2017/0503/How-the-FCC-hopes-to-curb-those-annoying-spam-calls

  • Bryony Hipkin
Newfoundland businesses warned about new phone scam

Newfoundland businesses warned about new phone scam 0

Businesses in Newfoundland are being warned of a new telephone scam.

CPR Call Blocker, makers of a call-blocking device in the U.S., says the scam involves a caller claiming to be a local police officer encouraging donations to a community cause the business may have supported in the past.

According to the news release from the outfit, the caller asks for a company director by name and then asks a series of questions about whether or not there have been any problems with anti-social behaviour in the area lately. This is a tactic to build a rapport, CPR Call Blocker claims.

The caller goes on to ask whether or not the business will be continuing to support a local police community publication with a small donation. An apparent “colleague” of the caller then calls within 10 minutes of the original call asking for payment. If challenged to provide a telephone number to call back, the caller claims to have forgotten his number.

Article Originally on CBN Compass

  • Bryony Hipkin
The Compass: Businesses in Newfoundland are being warned of a new telephone scam.

The Compass: Businesses in Newfoundland are being warned of a new telephone scam. 0

CPR Call Blocker, makers of a call-blocking device in the U.S., says the scam involves a caller claiming to be a local police officer encouraging donations to a community cause the business may have supported in the past.

According to the a news release from the outfit, the caller asks for a company director by name and then asks a series of questions about whether or not there have been any problems with anti-social behaviour in the area lately. This is a tactic to build a rapport, CPR Call Blocker claims.

The caller goes on to ask whether or not the business will be continuing to support a local police community publication with a small donation. An apparent “colleague” of the caller then calls within 10 minutes of the original call asking for payment. If challenged to provide a telephone number to call back, the caller claims to have forgotten his number.

  • Kris Hicks
JACKSON NEWSPAPERS: Businesses warned not to fall for new ‘police’ phone scam

JACKSON NEWSPAPERS: Businesses warned not to fall for new ‘police’ phone scam 0

CHARLESTON - Businesses in West Virginia are being warned of a new telephone scam, which is currently targeting offices throughout the US.

The scam involves a business receiving a call from a person (usually a male) claiming to be a local police officer. He begins by asking for a company director by name and then asks a series of questions about whether or not there have been any problems with anti-social behaviour in the area lately. This is a tactic to build a rapport with whoever answers the phone and display a level of knowledge of the local area to make them appear genuine.

After lulling businesses in to a false sense of security with a seemingly sound knowledge of the area and the names of the company directors, the call then takes a sinister turn. The caller goes on to ask whether or not the business will be continuing to support a local police community publication with a small donation, just as they have done in the past. An apparent “colleague” of the caller then calls within ten minutes of the original call asking for payment. Yet when challenged to provide a telephone number so he can be called back, he claims to have forgotten his number.

Kris Hicks of CPR Call Blocker is urging businesses in West Virginia to be wary of unsolicited calls asking for donations: “The issue with this type of scam is that people in businesses could easily be tricked in to thinking that they have supported a cause like this in the past. As many local businesses often give back to their communities through charitable donations, scams like these can be easy to fall for.

“The additional problem with calls like these is that people are naturally more inclined to trust a call that they receive from someone in a position of authority, such as a policeman. However, the police will not ask for money over the phone.

“The use of official records, which are easily available, says it all and people should be warned that knowledge of these details is no guarantee that the caller is legitimate.”

One of the best ways to protect your business is to purchase a call blocker device such as a CPR Call Blocker which simply plugs into any landline and features a ‘Block Now’ button which ends an unwanted call and permanently blocks the number. They come pre-programmed with up to 2,000 known nuisance callers and have the ability to store up to an additional 1,500 numbers.

Hicks continued: “In the meantime, we would advise businesses in West Virginia to be vigilant against these types of calls and suggest they never make a donation over the phone to an unsolicited caller without verifying the caller. This can be done by asking for their full name, job title and telephone number so you can check it out. We would also advise businesses to be aware of all the causes that they have supported in the past so that they cannot be fooled in to donating to fake causes.”

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