We all hear via the media how people are scammed and lose money or their identities. It always seems to happen to someone else but, perhaps because I work in the industry, it’s very evident that this is a major problem and can happen to anyone.
Over the weekend I head about how an elderly man in my neighbourhood has lost over $150k to phone scammers who gained his sons name and details. They then claimed to be his son via various phone calls (manipulative and malicious phreaking), attained his confidence and subsequently bank details and, well, the rest is history. Well, actually the rest is not history …
Someone noticed how the old chap was being scammed. They helped the guy disable his phone line so the scammers couldn’t contact him. The scammers have become so infuriated they have started phoning his neighbours and threatening them with rape and violence if they don’t divulge the man’s mobile phone number. The federal police are involved so hopefully the truly evil people are brought to justice.
Please, don’t think that you are immune from scammers via the Internet, Email, phone or any other medium. Scamming is very profitable for criminals and they are extremely advanced in their methods. Your information and those of your family are available Online to people that know where to look. Make sure you are always weary of what information you share Online and always err on the side of caution.
Just how simple is it to get your details? Within a few minutes anyone can create a profile of where you are, who you communicate with, any interests you have and so on. Then it’s really simple with some basic social engineering to trick an acquaintance of yours to had over details that will compromise you.