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  Phone fraud - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Telemarketing fraud takes a number of forms; much like mail fraud, solicitations for the sale of goods or investments which are never delivered or worthless and requests for donations to bogus unregistered charities are not uncommon.
Refiling is a form of interconnect fraud in which one carrier tampers with CID (caller-ID) or ANI data to falsify the number from which a call originated before handing the call off to a competitor.
Refiling and interconnect fraud briefly made headlines in the aftermath of the Worldcom financial troubles; the refiling scheme is based on a quirk in the system by which telcos bill each other - two calls to the same place may incur different costs because of differing displayed origin.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Phone_fraud   (1191 words)

  
 Mobile phone spam - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Another form of mobile phone fraud is the one-ring fraud, where an incoming call to a mobile phone is timed such that it will ring once (or without any sound at all), and then cut off before the user can answer.
In this case, it is the (real or apparent) calling number details which are being spammed to the phone, as these calls are made in their hundreds of thousands by autodialers at little or no cost to the originator, as there is no charge for calls which do not connect.
Both of these frauds can be combined with other frauds such as the advance fee fraud, as they act as a pre-screening stage for fraudsters to capture the telephone numbers of particularly trusting individuals.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Mobile_phone_spam   (455 words)

  
 Fraud
Fraud is the crime or offense of deliberately deceiving another in order to damage them -- usually, to obtain property or services from him unjustly.
Fraud is also a type of civil law violation known as a tort.
A civil fraud typically involves the act of making a false representation of a fact susceptible of actual knowledge which is relied upon by another to his or her detriment.
www.brainyencyclopedia.com /encyclopedia/f/fr/fraud.html   (195 words)

  
 Fraud -- Facts, Info, and Encyclopedia article   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
Fraud permeates many areas of life, including (The creation of beautiful or significant things) art, (additional info and facts about archaelogogy) archaelogogy and (A particular branch of scientific knowledge) science.
In (The body of law dealing with crimes and their punishment) criminal law, fraud is the crime or offense of deliberately (additional info and facts about deceiving) deceiving another in order to damage them -- usually, to obtain property or services from him unjustly.
Fraud can be accomplished through the aid of (additional info and facts about forged) forged objects.
www.absoluteastronomy.com /encyclopedia/f/fr/fraud.htm   (1278 words)

  
 Consumer Action - You Can Help Fight Phone Fraud [English]
Phone fraud - the theft of a company's or individual's telecommunications service - is a multi-billion-dollar problem being addressed by local phone companies and government agencies.
Consumers play an important role in fighting phone fraud because frequently the first step in detecting a scam or fraud is identifying and reporting unauthorized charges that appear on your phone bill.
Toll fraud is the theft of phone time, accomplished by crooks who connect to your phone line, trick you into placing expensive pay-per-use (1-900 or 976) or costly international calls, or fool you into paying for long distance or collect calls.
www.consumer-action.org /English/library/telephone/1999_FightPhoneFraud/index.php   (2640 words)

  
 TravelASSIST Magazine - Phone-Card Fraud
Phone card fraud is very seldom prosecuted with the diligence it should be, police departments must concentrate on violent crime.
The phone companies have eliminated the old procedure of canceling a card outright, which used to immediately render a cardholder incommunicado.
Most recent methods of combating phone-card fraud are based on high Tech solutions such as computer scanning of abnormal calling patterns and voice printing; where the customer must enter a vocal password along with their pin number.
www.travelassist.com /mag/a27.html   (634 words)

  
 Definition of Fraud
In England and Wales fraud is a generic term used to describe a number of offences in which the overriding component is that of deception.
Each of the criminal offences have a further common element of dishonesty, although in some there is no requirement that the dishonest person is intent on gaining himself, it is sufficient that he has an intent to cause to loss to another.
The criminal offences of fraud are to be found, principally, in the Theft Act 1968, the Theft Act 1978 and the Theft (Amendment) Act 1996 which created the new offence of Obtaining a Money Transfer by Deception.
www.wordiq.com /definition/Fraud.html   (571 words)

  
 Fraud Awareness Week - Day 2: Cell Phone Fraud
Cellular fraud (cell fraud) is the unauthorized use, tampering, or manipulation of a cellular phone or service.
After cloning, both the legitimate and the fraudulent cell phones have the same ESN/MIN combination and cellular systems cannot distinguish the cloned cell phone from the legitimate one.
For cell phone cloning fraud, the cellular equipment manufacturing industry has deployed authentication systems that have proven to be a very effective countermeasure to cloning.
www.fcc.gov /cgb/news/080602fraudwk2.html   (544 words)

  
 Cell Phone Fraud
Cellular fraud (cell fraud) is defined as the unauthorized use, tampering, or manipulation of a cellular phone or service.
Currently, the primary type of cell fraud is subscriber fraud.
A cloned cell phone is one that has been reprogrammed to transmit the ESN and MIN belonging to another (legitimate) cell phone.
www.fcc.gov /cgb/consumerfacts/cellphonefraud.html   (461 words)

  
 Experiences in Mobile Phone fraud
Fraud types specific to certain analog and digital mobile phone technologies are presented, as well as broader types of fraud independent of the underlying technologies.
On one hand, the operators can use high fraud figures to gain more favorable legislation from the government on the basis that the current situation is so detrimental to their business, hoping that stricter legislation will act as a deterrent to criminals.
Roaming fraud is a hard currency problem because the roaming user's operator has to pay to the operator of the roaming network for the roaming user's use, whether or not the user pays his bills.
www.niksula.cs.hut.fi /~jthynnin/mobfra.html   (3631 words)

  
 The Post: Phone fraud case exposed   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
In a phone fraud case that has investigators baffled, an unidentified number of students across campus have been dialing a four-digit phone number that they thought allowed them to make long-distance phone calls at no charge.
CNS and the OUPD investigated the phone lines and found that students were able to charge phone calls to O'Bleness through a tieline CNS established 10 years ago to allow physicians at OU's Osteopathic Medical Center to access the O'Bleness phone system and vice versa.
Phone records, which show the originating and receiving phone numbers, enable the OUPD to trace calls back to the originating room and in many cases to the individual who placed the calls, said Ted Jones, director of campus safety.
thepost.baker.ohiou.edu /archives/012898/top.html   (1047 words)

  
 Cellular Phone Fraud   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
The MIN is the "phone number" of the cellular phone that is assigned to it by the cellular phone carrier, e.g., 310.123.4567.
If a cellular phone is being used outside the service area of their carrier, the outside carrier normally will allow one call to go through while it checks to validate it as an authorized user.
Cellular phones are stolen and used by the thief until the phones are terminated by the user and/or the carrier.
www.shockwavewriters.com /Articles/GLK/cellphone.htm   (2484 words)

  
 CNN - New technology putting a stop to cell phone fraud - Apr. 15, 1997
WASHINGTON -- The theft of wireless phone service, which only a year ago was costing the industry hundreds of millions of dollars annually and consuming the resources of law enforcement agencies from the Secret Service to the Los Angeles Police Department, has all but disappeared in many large cities, thanks to new technology.
The new technology has dramatically cut fraud in the Southland, according to the Secret Service, which has federal authority to investigate wireless phone fraud and which two years ago conducted a major sting operation targeting thieves in Southern California.
With analog phones, which make up about 43 million of the 44 million wireless phones in use (the rest are newer digital models), the data travel over the air unprotected and can be captured with ordinary electronic scanners sold in stores.
www.cnn.com /TECH/9704/15/cellphone   (1373 words)

  
 FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin,The: Operation cellmate - sting operation against cellular phone fraud   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
Stolen and cloned phones are quickly becoming popular tools for criminals not only to obtain free phone service but also to conduct illegal activities using equipment that thwarts law enforcement's traditional wire-tapping techniques.
Anytime the phone is turned on, whether the owner is using it or not, a criminal can use an ESN reader to snatch the ESN-MIN combination literally right out of the air.
They represented stolen phones as just that, and others candidly admitted that the phone company had turned off their legally acquired phones due to delinquent payments.
www.findarticles.com /p/articles/mi_m2194/is_n4_v66/ai_19569531   (1406 words)

  
 AT&T cell phone features fraud prevention   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
Every time a consumer places a call from an AT&T 3740 cellular phone, that unique value is used, together with a special algorithm, to generate a value that must be matched with the result of the same calculation made by the cellular carrier.
In areas with high cell phone fraud rates, customers are required to enter a Personal Identification Number (PIN) before every call in order to prevent fraud.
Basic status of the phone such as signal strength, battery power level and whether the phone is in contact with the cellular network are constantly displayed.
www.lucent.com /press/1295/951205.cpa.html   (807 words)

  
 Swindlers Are Calling   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
Phone fraud is a multi-billion dollar business that involves selling everything from bad or non-existent investments to the peddling of misrepresented products and services.
Even if your name came from the phone book, telephone con men (and women) assume that, like most people, you would be interested in having more income, that you're receptive to a bargain, that you are basically sympathetic to people in need, and that you are reluctant to be discourteous to someone on the phone.
The motto of phone swindlers is, "just give us a few good 'mooches,'" one of the terms they use to describe their victims.
www.pueblo.gsa.gov /cic_text/money/swindlers/swindler.htm   (1842 words)

  
 Phone Fraud   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
A popular telephone scam involves switching long distance services without the consumer's consent, called "slamming." This fraudulent activity can occur in many ways, but the result is the same---an unsuspecting victim has his or her long distance service switched from the provider they selected to an unknown, much more expensive carrier.
In this scheme, high-tech criminals use equipment to gain unauthorized access to legitimate cell phone numbers and then use them to make expensive long distance calls that are difficult to trace.
In many cases, the fraud victim may not be liable for illegally placed calls or fraudulent charges.
www.yorkcounty.gov /vw/fraud/phone.htm   (403 words)

  
 Telephone Fraud Prevention.   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
Your business is responsible for the charges associated with the fraudulent use of its phone service, therefore it is important that you learn to recognize and prevent fraudulent activity.
Claiming to be checking a problem with the line, the scammer instructs the receptionist to punch in a code on the keypad that results in the connection to an outside line.
Perpetrators of this fraud are able to access these voicemail systems and change the preset pager numbers to randomly selected numbers that terminate in certain international countries such as the Philippines.
www.bizproductivity.com /bc/telfraud.shtml   (1227 words)

  
 The Telegraph - News - 01/03/2004 - Macoupin officials warn about phone, mail fraud
CARLINVILLE -- In an effort to reduce the distressing impact of telemarketing and mail fraud on the lives of older residents, Macoupin County State’s Attorney Vince Moreth is giving advice about how to avoid becoming victims of fraud.
The magnitude of telemarketing and mail fraud perpetrated against older victims is staggering, Moreth said, and the true number of older victims targeted is unknown because most elderly do not report when they have been victimized.
Moreth said older victims might report the crime because they fear relatives may deem their lack of good judgment as a sign of an inability to handle affairs and place them in a nursing home or are too embarrassed to admit they were taken advantage of.
www.zwire.com /site/news.cfm?newsid=10746102&BRD=1719&PAG=461&dept_id=25271&rfi=8   (485 words)

  
 Fighting phone fraud - Oct. 9, 1996
The business of cloning phones is a thriving fl market, growing fivefold in the past three years.
Phone companies have even employed undercover investigators to alert the police to suspected cloning operations.
     With fraud arrests occurring more often and improved technological crime-fighting weapons being developed, many cell phone thieves are finding their number is up.
money.cnn.com /1996/10/09/technology/cellphone_pkg   (407 words)

  
 History of Independent Telephone Companies   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
Compromised numbers are sold or traded in the phone fraud underworld with the unsuspecting business owner picking up the resulting tab.
Investigate toll fraud monitoring options that may be available from your local exchange company or interexchange carrier.
Educate employees about the dangers of phone fraud and what they can do to help prevent it.
www.wcvt.com /fraud/protect.html   (1159 words)

  
 FT.com / Technology / Digital Business - The number’s up for phone fraud   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
Phone hacking can be as damaging to your business (or career) as computer attacks, but security often lags.
In a recent case, a UK call centre agent set up an 0900 service and opened a call to the number from work for hours each day; he pocketed the incoming premium call charges until he was fired.
Besides Avaya phone equipment, the bank uses kit from a wide range of suppliers for applications such as call recording and CRM.
news.ft.com /cms/s/999ab840-5056-11da-bbd7-0000779e2340.html   (517 words)

  
 Business Unlimited | Business latest | Customs arrests six in mobile phone VAT fraud inquiry
Customs investigators in Britain and Germany have arrested six members of a suspected cross-border mobile phone fraud believed to have swindled £580m from exchequers across Europe through bogus VAT rebates.
There has been speculation for years that Customs investigations into missing trader fraud could have an impact on well known mobile phone retailers, including Carphone Warehouse, though it is not known which firms are being looked at in the current investigation.
The alleged fraud is one of a number of "missing trader" scams, estimated by UK Customs and Excise to have cost British taxpayers between £1bn and £1.7bn in stolen VAT.
www.guardian.co.uk /business/story/0,3604,1424869,00.html   (371 words)

  
 Alleged mobsters guilty in vast Net, phone fraud - Crime & Punishment - MSNBC.com
Writing a sudden ending to what authorities say is one of the biggest consumer fraud cases ever prosecuted, alleged members of one of New York’s most notorious Mafia families pleaded guilty Monday to conspiracy and fraud charges stemming from an Internet and phone billing caper that bilked consumers out of more than $650 million.
Prosecutors alleged in court papers that the principals of the scheme, which ran from 1996 to 2003, are members of the Gambino crime family, an outfit better known for such muscle-and-blood criminal enterprises as gambling, loan sharking, protection rackets and creative bookkeeping for construction projects and garbage collection.
People who called 1-800 phone numbers advertising free samples of phone sex, psychic hot lines and dating services unwittingly triggered recurring monthly charges that appeared on their phone bills as “voice-mail services" and other innocuous services.
www.msnbc.msn.com /id/6928696   (755 words)

  
 Computing Canada: Telecom fraud a rampant, $300M problem, CEO says - opportunities for firms selling fraud prevention ...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
One popular phone fraud scam these days is the "call sell" operation, in which someone will rent a vacant apartment and a phone line, and sell long distance time at cheap rates to anyone interested, with no intention of ever paying the phone bill.
But while putting a fraud detection system into place will help reduce the blow to business, it certainly won't stop it entirely, points out Brown, and unless the customer is clear on how they want to deal with the problem, especially if it's employee-related, even the best detection system in the world won't help much.
While employee-related telecom fraud has been pegged at anywhere from 40 to 60 per cent of all toll fraud, sometimes situations occur in which employees simply didn't know what the company's policy was, notes Brown.
www.findarticles.com /p/articles/mi_m0CGC/is_n12_v23/ai_19530620   (1151 words)

  
 Sake-Drenched Postcards - Phone Fraud Fleeces the Unsuspecting
The policeman hands the phone to her husband so as a short exchange with his wife will be possible.
This type of fraud is termed ore ore sagi ("It's me" fraud), and is an increasing crime targeting primarily the elderly.
When the policeman read off his phone number, he did so in a manner that ignored the standard location of hyphens in a nine-digit number.
www.bigempire.com /sake/fraud.html   (1096 words)

  
 Fending Off Phone Fraud
Giant Avnet was charged $750,000 for phone calls no one in the company had placed; Mitsubishi International had its bell rung for $430,000.
In 1992 the collective bill chargeable to (but uncollectible from) phone hackers in the United States was estimated at $4 billion.
Along the same, but more expensive, lines, a real-time alternative is Fraud-Finder, a mailbox-size unit that, connected to the phone lines in front of the PBX and monitoring an unlimited number of channels simultaneously, quickly detects -- then dauntlessly disconnects -- would-be thieves.
www.inc.com /magazine/19930501/3528.html   (475 words)

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