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Phone Scams



This page contains an archive of older phone scam reports.

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  • “Your Computer Has Been Blocked” Tech Support Scam Browser Popups
    “Critical Alert” message that may appear while you are web browsing claims that your computer has been blocked due to virus and spyware infections and your personal information is being stolen. It urges you to call a listed support number immediately to get help with the problem. The page that triggers the popup appears to be part of the Microsoft website and features Microsoft logos, banners, and links.

  • Tech Support Phone Scams Continue to Gain New Victims
    Tech support phone scams have now been targeting Internet users around the world for a number of years. Despite wide-spread publicity about these scams, they continue to gain new victims every day. So, I thought it time to revisit the topic.

  • IRS Warns of New Phone Scam Tactic
    America’s Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is warning about yet another tactic being used by phone scammers. Rather than threaten victims with arrest if they do not immediately pay a supposedly outstanding tax bill, these scammers simply claim that the IRS needs more information before it can process your tax return.

  • Australian Phone Scammers Threaten Arrest For Tax Evasion
    Australians are receiving automated phone messages purporting to be from the tax office that claim they will be arrested for tax evasion and tax avoidance if they do not call a specified ‘hotline’ number.

  • New Take On Tech Support Phone Scams
    Fraud prevention organisation Financial Fraud Action UK is warning consumers about a new take on the traditional tech-support phone scam.
    Published: November 11, 2015

  • 'Government Owes You Money' Phone Scams
    Australian residents have been receiving scam phone calls in which they are told that the government owes them a substantial sum of money, usually several thousand dollars.
    Published: July 1, 2015

  • Grandparent Phone Scams On the Rise
    Reports indicate that so-called 'grandparent' scams are increasingly common.
    Published: April 10, 2015

  • Electricity Bill Phone Scams
    Scammers posing as utility company staff are tricking people into giving them money via pre paid debit cards.
    Published: Feb 26, 2015

  • FBI Warns Of Virtual Kidnapping Scams
    The FBI and New York City Police have published a press release warning members of the public about an increase in virtual kidnapping scams.
    Published: January 15, 2015

  • Phone Scammers Pretending to be from IRS
    US news outlets are currently reporting a spate of IRS related phone scams. The scammers are cold calling residents and pretending to be from the IRS. The scammers claim that the victims owe considerable sums of money to the IRS and must arrange payment immediately or face serious legal consequences.
    Published: November 17, 2014

  • Jury Duty Scam Resurfaces
    Scammers posing as court officials are calling people and claiming that they have missed a scheduled jury duty date and must therefore pay an immediate fine or face serious legal consequences.
    Published: October 7, 2014

  • 'Outstanding Warrant' Phone Scams
    Scammers posing as law-enforcement officers are cold-calling people and tricking them into paying over the phone to resolve supposedly outstanding warrants.
    Published: September 10, 2014

  • One Ring Phone Scam Warnings
    Circulating messages warn users about a 'one ring' phone scam designed to trick people into returning a missed call and thereby incurring per minute charges on top of hefty international call fees.
    Published: February 12, 2014

  • 'Secutiry Info' Phone Phishing Scam
    Message purporting to be from the "technical security services department" claims that an error found in the user's account could result in an account suspension unless the user calls an included phone number to validate card information.
    Published: October 8, 2013

  • BT Unpaid Bill Phone Scam Warning
    Message warns that scammers posing as UK telecommunications company BT staff are tricking people into revealing their bank or credit card details by claiming that their phone service will be disconnected if they do not pay an overdue bill immediately.
    Updated: August 30, 2013

  • Jury Duty Phone Scam Warning
    Circulating message warns that scammers are committing identity theft by phoning potential victims and threatening them with prosecution for failing to report for jury duty unless they reveal sensitive personal information.
    Updated: July 11, 2013

  • Scammers Pose as Microsoft Tech Support Workers to Hijack Computers
    Warning message claims that scammers posing as Microsoft staff members are calling people and attempting to trick them into handing over access to their computers.
    Published: 16th July 2010

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