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    Technology in the wrong hands......

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    papa_umau
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    Technology in the wrong hands......

    Post by papa_umau on Wed 29 Oct 2014, 11:03 am

    We are bombarded from all directions by the pace that "tech" is moving on, and even the youngsters, who normally take these rapid steps in their stride, are now struggling with it as much as us oldsters are.

    Here is the latest trick that the crooks are using in order to try to fool us that when we see the "correct" number of our bank appearing on our caller ID screen there is a good chance that this number will be false.

    This is NOT an easy thing to do as the system that sends caller IDs along with a telephone call is tied tightly with the number that is calling it.

    Nevertheless these numbers ARE being spoofed by crooks that have the correct technology to do it.

    HERE is the full story from The Guardian online.




    The Guardian:

    ‘Number spoofing’ scam can make you think your bank is calling

    "Technology enables fraudsters to fake number they are calling from, making false number appear on person’s caller ID.

    Criminals are using a new scam to make people believe they are speaking to someone from their bank by fooling their phone handset into displaying the bank’s correct contact number.

    The scam, known as “number spoofing”, involves fraudsters cloning the telephone number of an organisation they want to impersonate and then making it appear on the victim’s caller ID display when they telephone them."




    There you have it folks; now, you cannot even be sure if it is the bank that is calling until you make sure by ringing them first.


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    Re: Technology in the wrong hands......

    Post by zathrus on Thu 30 Oct 2014, 12:05 pm

    Yes, these crooks and fraudsters are certainly getting smart.

    I think the best thing to remember is that the real banks will never ask for your account details either on the phone or by e-mail.
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    Re: Technology in the wrong hands......

    Post by papa_umau on Fri 31 Oct 2014, 11:36 am

    Of course you are right Zath'.

    The thing is that these scammers are using fear tactics to try to encourage the not so bright and the elderly into giving up their login and password information because - as they say it - they want to investigate fraudulent activities on your account.

    It is plausible to some and that is this particular scam's greatest and most dangerous quality.


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    Re: Technology in the wrong hands......

    Post by Angie baby on Sat 01 Nov 2014, 12:05 pm

    And, for all you rich new-car-buyers there is another one that I read about yesterday.

    It seems that the very clever crooks out there can now clone, ( copy ), the wireless signal that your key-fob sends to your car, which you use in order to be able to get access and to start the car by a button-press, without taking it out of your pocket or bag, so that they can then send the cloned signal themselves and steal your car from wherever it is parked.

    Since this latest trick has been developed I am sure that the design engineers for these systems are working very hard to try to toughen up access to the signal from your key-fob.

    Of course this weakness is only moot for me as I will never be able to afford to buy a new car.

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