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Scam Alerts

Another Personal Info Scandal: Dell Computer Owners Targeted in Tech-Support Scam

By now, most of us are familiar with tech-support scams. A scam artist impersonates a Microsoft agent, calling to inform you that there’s a serious problem with your laptop. Usually, a call like this is a cold call, meaning the scammer doesn’t have any personal information to distinguish you from any other person they may call. In fact, they could unknowingly call you and try to persuade you that your Windows computer is seriously compromised, when in reality you only own a Mac!

However, these days, scammers are getting smarter, and our personal information is less protected than ever. Recently, ARS Technica reported that Dell computer owners have been specifically targeted by scammers who actually have real information about the computers they bought, and about the users themselves. This information included serial numbers, PC model, service tag numbers, email addresses, and phone numbers that customers had previously provided to Dell.

A Dangerous, “Credible” Scam With this information, scammers could sound much more legit over the phone, and get their victims to fall for their schemes. They would accept the bogus warning that their computers were affected by serious viruses or other issues. To further enhance their “creditability”, these hackers have reportedly spoofed Dell’s real customer service number.

What were the scammers after? In some cases, they wanted remote control over a person’s computer. They have been able to get it by persuading victims to download certain programs to their computers under the guise that those programs would “fix” their PCs. In other cases, they wanted the victim to cough up thousands of dollars in “maintenance” or “support” costs. Either way, these scam artists have made off with tons of money that is rarely, if ever, recovered.

Obviously, these scams are shining a light on a larger, much more sinister problem: some sort of security breach has happened at Dell, putting personal information of thousands of customers at risk. Worse still, the scam is actually not so new— ARS Technica actually reported it for the first time in 2016, and it has only gotten worse.

In fact, there is a slew of reports left by customers who have received such calls, on Dell’s community page. Some of the comments are extremely alarming. One such comment reads:

“Just a bump to note that this is STILL current. I’m pretty savvy about scams but even I was almost taken in by the sheer quality and amount of info the scammers use. Wonder how long Dell can keep a lid on whatever data breach it clearly has…”

Dell’s Response to the Scandal When ARS sent an email to Dell asking for comment, they received a response ensuring them that they are “taking proactive measures to shut down these scammers and make our customers aware of the scam, including direct communication, a blog with tips on how to deal with scammers, and an alert on our Support website.” The email went on to say, “it’s clear that scams of this nature are industry-wide, and we’re all taking them very seriously.”

However, as of the time this article was written, there is no evidence that consumers of other PC makers have been targeted by a similar scam in which callers have personal information about them.

Unfortunately, Dell has yet to take responsibility for or even acknowledge any security breaches or leaks of customer information. Furthermore, the alert on the support website mentioned in Dell’s email response does not say that scammers have been using personal information from consumers when they call.

Protect your personal info Remember, never give out your personal information to companies or apps that do not specifically guarantee your privacy and protection in their privacy policies. Use a call blocking app to ward off scam calls and eliminate your risk of losing money or information to scammers.

Rest assured—Call Control will never sell or use any personal information for any purpose other than to ensure best use of the app, and even then only after you have granted your express permission for the app to do so.

New Scam Targets Immigrants: Fake Consulate Impersonators Steal Millions

With all the turmoil and bad press surrounding immigrants in the US this year, we can hardly be surprised that they have become the unfortunate targets of a new foreign consulate scam. Here’s what’s happening: scam callers have been impersonating Chinese consulate staff and making calls in bulk to Chinese immigrants and US residents with Chinese last names.

The FTC reported in April that these calls have been placed all over the country, and seemingly come from the Chinese Consulate or Embassy. The calls usually say that the recipient has to go pick up a package from the consulate, or provide personal information to avoid getting in trouble with the consulate. The scammers have also asked for money, and many victims have fallen for their tricks.

That’s how they have been able to make off with 2.5 million dollars from 21 Chinese immigrants living in New York since December 2017, according the New York Police Department. That number doesn’t include countless other victims located across the country. There is little chance of recovering what they have lost. “Once the money is transferred out, it is hard to get it back, “ Donald McCaffrey, a New York Police officer, told Voices of NY.

That’s because most of these consulate impersonators are calling from outside the US, although the Caller ID clearly shows a New York number. Scammers use techniques such as spoofing to hide their true numbers. The internet has made calling from other countries much cheaper and easier these days.

An investigation unearthed the destination of many of the stolen funds: Asian banks such as HSBC and Shanghai Commercial Bank. Scammers gave victims account numbers of banks located in Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong and other cities.

The impersonators often used scare tactics to get the victims to part with their hard-earned dollars. “The predators would tell the victims that if they do not cooperate, they’d be arrested once they go back to China. And some told the victims they’d be deported out of the U.S.,” McCaffrey said.

Worse still, the impersonators have been taking elaborate measures to make their scheme more believable. They have set up fake websites filled with passport photos of potential victims and fake arrest warrants. They then send the website link to victims as “proof” that their claims are real. Furthermore, they have been known to send fake official documents “signed” by Chinese officials to appear credible.

Since last December, similar scams have begun to target people of other nationalities as well.

Remember, consulates and embassies will never contact you by phone asking for your social security number or other information. If you receive such a call, hang up—it’s a scam. Want to avoid having to answer these calls altogether? Call Control will block them for you, even if they use spoofed numbers. Try the smartphone app for free at CallControl.com. Call Control for landlines (homes or businesses) is also available now from Amazon or our website.

Calls from Google? Why You Should Be Skeptical

Fake IRS calls, fake Microsoft calls, fake AT&T calls…the list of scammers’ favorite companies to impersonate goes on and on. Now add Google to the list.

Google’s one of the fastest growing companies around, offering internet searching, email, and ad revenue services, among hundreds of other things. Scammers see Google’s far-reaching influence as an easy target: nearly everyone uses Google, so we wouldn’t think twice about receiving a call from them.

Or would we? Google’s policy states that they won’t initiate phone contact with you unless you initiate it first. Nevertheless, that’s not a fact that everyone knows. Post Modern Marketing reported that a client of theirs received a call from someone named “Lisa”, who claimed to be “Google’s problem solver. She was calling to address an “open ticket about ad placement.”

Pay-per-click advertising on Google is a common marketing technique these days, so the call sounded legit. However, there was one problem— the client hadn’t ever set up any PPC ads. That fact clued them in to the ugly truth. The call was fake, and the scam artist was probably looking for a chance to harvest credit card or other personal information.

There were other things that showed that the call was fake as well. For example:

“Lisa” identified herself in a strange way. What in the world would being “Google’s problem solver” really entail, anyway? There are many branches of Google, and “Lisa” didn’t specify what department she worked for and what the call was about right away. According to Post Modern Marketing, a call from Google will begin similarly to this: “Hello, this is Angela from Google AdWords. Did you request a support call?”
The scammer left a phone number to be called back. “Lisa” did this because the call was initially received by an assistant while the client was away. However, this is not standard protocol for Google.
Google doesn’t make random calls. To speak with someone from Google about a problem, you first have to use their online support system. You will get a call if you provide your number and indicate that you want to receive one.
Other Google Scams A variety of Google call scams have run rampant over the years. Here are just a handful:

Fake calls from Google Local (now called Google My Business). Scammers claimed to be local business owners selling services.
Calls about SEO Support. These are fake because Google doesn’t provide any services to help you improve your business’s SEO rankings.
Calls asking for “lost information”. Google will never call you asking for your password or payment information.
Robocalls. Google doesn’t utilize automated calls. So, if you hear a robotic voice claiming to be someone who works for Google, it’s fake!
Protect Yourself from Google Scams New scams are coming out every day, but Call Control is right behind them. Each day we block hundreds of new unwanted calls, and new scam numbers are added to our blacklist by millions of users. Get an easy solution to protect yourself from Google scams by downloading our free app for smartphones. Or, check out landline protection for your home or business at CallControl.com.