source Twitter/Tim_Cook Phone phishing scams that pretend to be Apple are getting more advanced. The newest technique is that attackers sometimes pretend to call from Apple’s help line. Because iPhones come with the number for Apple’s help line pre-loaded in contacts, that means that Apple’s logo and name pops up on the iPhone caller ID when an attacker manages to successfully fake the call’s origins. The best way to protect yourself is if you get a suspicious call, hang up, and call Apple (or your bank, carrier) directly. The next time you receive a call from Apple, it might not be from someone actually working there. In fact, it’s much more likely that it’s coming from a scammer. Some scammers have discovered a new technique that takes advantage of the fact that it’s easy to fake a call to make it appear as if it’s coming from any phone number you choose, the security journalist Brian Krebs reports – … [Read more...] about A scary type of scam call causes Apple’s logo and phone number to pop up on your iPhone lock screen, but there’s a way to protect yourself
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Robocalls have become a scourge in recent years, and they’ve only grown worse since callers figured out how to fake consumers’ phone numbers, making a call appear to come from somewhere near you. No one’s had much luck stopping them, but the FCC is finally close to issuing a fine against someone using this tactic. The commission announced today that it’s proposing a $37.5 million fine against a company based in Arizona that allegedly made 2.3 million telemarking calls under false phone numbers. One woman whose phone number was used said she ended up getting five calls per day on her cellphone from people complaining about being spammed. This robocall campaign started in 2016 and ran for 14 months, according to the commission. Some calls are also said to have come from unassigned numbers or numbers from burner phones, which would also violate caller ID laws, because the actual caller’s name and number were hidden. The FCC says this is its “first major … [Read more...] about FCC proposes first major fine against robocaller faking consumer phone numbers
“Don’t hang up. Our records indicate you may qualify for a reduction or even forgiveness of your student loan debt.”“You have been pre-selected to receive a cellular home security system absolutely free.”“This is your final courtesy call before we are unable to lower your credit card interest rate.”You’re not imagining things: The number of annoying robocalls to our mobile and landline phones are increasing month by month.Armed with sophisticated but easy-to-use tools, robocallers made a record 3.36 billion of the annoying, automated sales, debt collection and scam pitches to United States consumers in April — a 6.5 percent increase over the previous record in March, and nearly a 34 percent hike over April 2017, according to a monthly index of the 50 most-robocalled cities in America by YouMail, a robocall blocking service.Florida cities are among the nation’s most robocalled, according to the YouMail index. In April, Miami … [Read more...] about Why are we getting more and more robocalls every month?
Tips By Malcolm Owen Thursday, April 19, 2018, 12:25 pm PT (03:25 pm ET) Unwanted phone calls are a part of everyday life, but the iPhone offers a number of ways to stop them from being a nuisance. AppleInsider explains how to block phone numbers on iOS, as well as other ways to keep those calls and messages from coming through to your mobile devices. There are a wide number of reasons why someone would prefer not to receive calls, but at the top of the list is probably telemarketers. Cold callers looking for a sale and other organizations seeking to acquire new customers or to change people's minds during an election can be bothersome, especially if they attempt to ring multiple times a day. While there are official "do not call" registries in a number of countries, such as in the United States and the United Kingdom, these do help limit calls from legitimate sources, but not all. Certain types of calls are exempt from the rules, while some unscrupulous firms and scam artists … [Read more...] about How to block and filter phone numbers on your iPhone with the tools in iOS
Facebook knows a lot about you. I mean, a lot. If you've ever been creeped out by a scarily on-point ad while visiting Facebook, that's why. But some of you might wonder where Facebook gets its data. The answer is simple: data brokers. A data broker collects your information from various sources and depending on the broker in question, this information could come from online, offline, or both. Whenever you make a purchase online or utilize your grocery store's loyalty card, the data on your purchases is collected by at least one company. Facebook buys this data and, letting advertisers use it to more specifically target ads towards you. Though Facebook says that the data brokers anonymize what they collect, the details can still be matched against your Facebook profile, building for Facebook and its advertisers a complete picture of who you are. Creepy, right? There's some good news here, though. You can opt-out of this sort of data collection at a lot of data brokers including the … [Read more...] about How to opt out of Facebook data sharing