Phone number spoofing is a known problem, one that has been around for years and addressable via solutions from companies such as Pindrop that help determine the probability that the caller’s number is legitimate.
Even if you don't agree with Ajit Pai's stance on some important issues, you might still want to hear about his latest campaign against robocalls. The FCC chairman has demanded(PDF) the adoption of a robust call authentication system to prevent caller ID spoofing, telling American carriers to implement the technology no later than 2019.
It was only last week that a study projected that almost half of your incoming phone calls next year will be from scammers and spammers. Almost twice as much as this year, and up astronomically from 3.7 percent last year.
Caller ID is an automatic feature offered by every telecommunications carrier to identify a calling party to the recipient. While there are options to block outgoing identification in order not to transmit your phone number if privacy is desired the system also fosters the ability to deceive.
That phone call that appears to be from your neighbor but turns out to be a sales pitch or worse, a scam, is the latest ruse by robocallers.
It’s called neighbor spoofing and the calls seem to be surging, particularly in the 210 area code.
“I AM not the kingpin of robocalling that is alleged.” So Adrian Abramovich, a telemarketer from Florida, assured American senators in April. Accused of making nearly 100m illegal “robocalls” in 2016 as part of a campaign to sell discounted holidays, Mr Abramovich has denied criminal wrongdoing. Nonetheless, on May 10th the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), America’s telecoms regulator, fined him $120m, the largest penalty in the agency’s history.
Last Tuesday, the Internal Revenue Service said people were being being bilked out of money by criminals pretending to be from the tax collection agency. Two days later, I received a phone call that my provider said was probably spam. They left a message saying they were from the IRS and I was in big trouble.
March 5, 2018
WASHINGTON: Indian embassy telephone lines have been spoofed by fraudsters in the US to cheat people for money, according to an advisory issued by mission which warned against entertaining any suspicious calls.
The Indian Embassy here has informed the US Government about it and launched its own internal investigation.
It also issued a rare public advisory on such fraud calls that has cheated people with money, thus bringing bad name to the diplomatic mission...
The Federal Communications Commission has proposed a historic $120 million fine against an individual, Mr. Adrian Abramovich, who reportedly made more than 100 million unlawful “spoofed” robocalls in violation of the Truth in Caller ID Act. On June 22, 2017, the Commission approved a Notice of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture finding Mr. Abramovich apparently liable for violations of the Act and Commission rules.
On June 22, 2017, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC or Commission) issued a first-of-its-kind Notice of Apparent Liability (NAL) alleging that Adrian Abramovich, through numerous companies that he owned or operated, violated the Truth in Caller ID Act by placing more than 95 million robocalls to consumers while “knowingly causing the display of inaccurate caller ID information.” The NAL proposes fines totaling $120 million, and seeks to hold Mr. Abramovich personally liable for the full amount. Separately, the Commission released a citation against Mr. Abramovich on the same day for alleged violations of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act and the federal wire fraud statute.
More than 29 billion robocalls bombarded Americans last year.
That amounts to roughly 90 robocalls for every man, woman and child, with some getting several calls each day.
Taxpayers across the country breathed a sigh of relief after the arrest of Sagar Thakkar, a 24-year-old Indian man accused of running those Internal Revenue Service (IRS) phone scams. Indian police arrested Thakkar earlier this month, claiming he was the mastermind behind the scam where callers posed as IRS agents to collect bogus tax debts. According to the local police, the lack of response from American law enforcement authorities familiar with the investigation has been deafening.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The US Department of Homeland Security has issued a fraud alert after their Office of the Inspector General (OIG) hotline was reportedly compromised.
The Department of Health and Human Services has issued a warning for consumers to be on alert for fraudsters pretending to be calling from a HHS' Office of Inspector General hotline number with requests for personal information.
As part of an initiative that would enable voice service providers to better protect subscribers from illegal and fraudulent robocalls, the Federal Communications Commission has released a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) and Notice of Inquiry (NOI).
Blocking robocalls from spoofed numbers may soon become easier, as the Federal Communications Commission is preparing to give carriers authority to take more aggressive action against this type of scam call.
Enterprises must work hand in hand with UCaaS providers to ensure strong end-to-end security of communications delivered from the cloud.
Robocalls and telemarketing calls are consistently the top source of consumer complaints received by the FCC. It is estimated that U.S. consumers received approximately 2.4 billion robocalls per month in 2016.
Cyber threats are constantly evolving, and 2017 is ramping up to be a banner year for security. Last year brought forth new and incomparable in scale attacks directed at high-profile brands. According to Control Risks, the attacks perpetrated by cyber criminals doubled in frequency. Across South East Asia, government, finance, and telecoms sectors were the most frequently targeted. It is becoming imperative for enterprises to invest in cyber security defense systems and collaborate with experts who can advise on the best preventive strategies.