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  • Phone Scams Use Typosquatting To Defraud Bank Clients

    Phone scammers intend to defraud bank clients by reserving phone numbers having similarities to the numbers used by major banks, according to a security firm.

    Pindrop Security said that this scheme is a new part of the cyber scammers’ attempt to deceive bank clients. They are reserving phone numbers similar to the contact numbers of major banks, financial institutions and even credit unions. The security company found out that there are 103 organizations that use phone numbers close to fraud, out of several 600 firms. It suggested that scammers had victimized almost 17 percent of the financial institutions by choosing the phone numbers intended to mislead clients.

    Pindrop Security called the attack a misdial trap, as it might be designed to lure unsuspecting customers who mistakenly dial the phone number of their financial company. Scott Strong, a data scientist from the security firm said that the company looked at the phone numbers with variations of the last four digits, and they compare it to the last four digits of the real number of the financial institution.

    How This Phone Number Scam Works?

    Strong added that there were able to decide a massive volume of phone numbers, then compare these numbers to the variations of the phone number of the financial companies. He likewise said that if a number is the same and they are significant to the financial firms, they considered it as an attack. Furthermore, this attack closely resembles the “typosquatting” strategy on the internet. This particular technique is used by online scammers to have knowledge of the incorrectly typed email addresses along with URLs.

    In these cases, researchers discovered that making a server to seize these incorrectly typed email addresses and domain names actually obtained a huge number of messages that contain important information. Incorrectly typed phone numbers may pose less threat, but other threats, utilizing the method are still possible. Online scammers might give banking clients a phone call. They can even leave a message for the clients to call back the falsified phone number. Strong further said that the closeness of the fraudulent number to the real number of the company would make way for the victim to trust the claims of the scammer.

    This can be prevented. Pindrop suggested to call the phone number listed on the website of a client’s financial institution, or they can double check the phone numbers to know if they have links to scam complaints. On the other hand, financial companies should also take the matter seriously by browsing the internet for websites that can use the phone numbers similar to theirs.