Liz Weston Of Nerdwallet Published 12:46 AM EDT Aug 19, 2019 Believing that fraud can’t happen to us – because we’re too smart, logical or informed – may make us more vulnerable. Successful scam artists skillfully overcome our defenses and get us into emotional states that override logical thinking, says Kathy Stokes, AARP’s director of fraud prevention programs. “Scammers call it getting the victim under the ether,” she says. Various studies have tried to identify characteristics that make people more susceptible to fraud. But that can create a “blame the victim” mentality and give the rest of us a false sense of security, she says. “I’d say the majority of people are unwittingly deceived through no other reason than the criminals are good at what they do,” Stokes says. Scam artists go where the money is Research is mixed on whether older people are more likely to be defrauded than younger ones. One … [Read more...] about Liz Weston: Will you be a scam artist’s next target?
Two thoughts: 1) If the head of the world's largest telecom can't stop robocalls from invading his watch, what hope do you have? 2) He should turn off his devices before he goes on stage.AT&T and all the other telecoms supposedly have until the end of the year to strengthen their call blocking services or the Federal Communications Commission is going to do something. Do what? Something really mean, maybe, kind off.Uh-huh.The Wall Street Journal's Sarah Krouse reported last month that robocall violators get fined by the feds, but they don't pay up.She filed open records requests with the FCC and the Federal Trade Commission. She learned that in the last four years, the FCC has ordered payments of $208 million from violators -- but collected only $6,790.Meanwhile, the FTC has requested $1.5 billion, but only collected $121 million.They get the big headlines - Robocall King Arrested -- but there's no follow through.Most don't answerA bipartisan bill making it easier to collect fines, … [Read more...] about Irritated by illegal robocalls? They show how we can’t stop technology we create from hurting us
“Call me, maybe?” is on the brink of becoming “Call me, never.” Robocalls, those computer-generated shysters, are making some people stop answering the phone altogether. The rest of us trust unknown calls about as much as truck stop sushi. By several estimates, Americans got more than 5.2 billion automated calls in March — a record of about 16 for every man, woman and child. It’s happening because the internet made it incredibly cheap and easy to place thousands of calls in an instant. But we don’t have to just bury our heads in the spam and take it. While lawmakers debate what to do about the roboscourge, engineers have cooked up some clever ways to make bots work for us, not against us. Verizon just began offering free spam-fighting tech like AT&T and T-Mobile, if you sign up. The right app or service on your phone can make it safer to say hello again — or even extract revenge. Yes, revenge. So let’s battle, bots. I collected … [Read more...] about How to stop robocall spammers and exact revenge