Baker Fraud Report – News you can use

January 30, 2020

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DOJ sues to stop two US companies from handling robocalls coming from India; one TRO has been entered so far

  • Both were “gateway” carriers; allowed internet based calls to get access to the US phone system
  • Both knew about the problems with their clients
  • At least one seems to have done the same for Canada and Australia
  • Money paid by victims went to crook in the US, who made cash deposits at US banks to pay Defendants
  • Responsible for hundreds of millions of calls
    • Social Security Administration impersonator calls
    • IRS imposter calls
    • Immigration calls
    • Tech support
    • Advance fee loans
  • Court complaints linked at bottom of DOJ release
  • Map shows number of calls per state by Defendant Tollbooth

FTC announces top scams reported to them in 2019

  • Imposter scams were the biggest category; impersonating both businesses and government agencies
  • Most frequent imposter scam was social security; with 166,190 reports to FTC and median losses of $1500

Three men sentenced to prison for their role in a lottery fraud scheme based in Costa Rica that defrauded elderly of at least $11 million; impersonated FTC and other agencies in their calls

Atlanta, Georgia: Eight sentenced to prison for roles in India-based IRS and payday loan collection fraudPolice in Indonesia arrest three; infected e-commerce sites worldwide with malicious code to steal credit card numbers entered on them

Full report here

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