Fraudulent calls keep piling up. This is how you can recognize the typical scams used by telephone fraudsters.
Telephone rip-offs: These scams are used by fraudsters
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Not only on the Internet, but also on the phone, scammers look for victims for their rip-off attempts. The Federal Network Agency only recently warned of phone number misuse.
Some time ago, the consumer advice center in Schleswig-Holstein warned that calls were increasing again, with gangsters trying to get to sensitive data. The aim of the fraudsters: data theft, attempts at extortion or signing unwanted contracts with the victims. The consumer advocates name some typical rip-off examples:
Alleged Microsoft employee:
The callers pretend to be Microsoft employees and try to get access to the person being called because of an alleged problem on the computer. The aim of the attack: infection with malware, spying out or encrypting account data and then blackmailing the owner. This scam is ancient, as our numerous reports show:
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Alleged health insurance employees:
The fraudsters claim to work for the consumer advice center or for a health insurance company and need address and bank details to be able to pay out a premium. With this data, the fraudsters shop online at the victim’s expense or conclude contracts.
Alleged energy advisor:
Callers claim they are energy advisors. They initially pretend to be advising, but then try to subvert an electricity or gas supply contract.
Alleged bank employee:
The caller poses as an employee of the house bank and claims there is a security problem with the account. He tries to get a PIN or TAN for online banking.
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