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11/27/2019
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7 Ways to Hang Up on Voice Fraud

Criminals are coming at us from all direction, including our phones. Don't answer that next call without reading this tips first.
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Image Source: Adobe Stock: penguiiin

Image Source: Adobe Stock: penguiiin

Whether landline or mobile, for work purposes or personal use, phones are part of our everyday lives. Criminals know this, too, so it's little wonder why voice fraud has been running at an all-time high.

According to Pindrop, 90 voice fraud attacks occur every minute. Last year, the fraud rate was one out of 685 calls, remaining at the top of a five-year peak.

Exacerbating the problem, knowledge-based authentication (KBA) information, such as date of birth and street address info, has become readily available to fraudsters, says Chris Halaschek, vice president of product at Pindrop. "We have found that in roughly 60% of the cases, fraudsters can answer the KBAs," Halaschek says.

How can you ensure a fraudster doesn't ruin your next call? The following tips can help consumers and businesses stay safe.

 

Steve Zurier has more than 30 years of journalism and publishing experience and has covered networking, security, and IT as a writer and editor since 1992. Steve is based in Columbia, Md. View Full Bio
 

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12/6/2019 | 10:07:04 AM
Re: Need a national Database
Most spam callers spoof their phone number. 

Most use a different number for each call.

All you would be doing is building a database of victims. 
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12/5/2019 | 11:23:23 AM
Need a national Database

We Need a national Database, let everyone contribute all the spam numbers and based on AI machine analysis they should be banned forever.

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