According to a blog post recently published by ZeroFOX, it had found more than 500 fake accounts throughout various social media platforms (including popular ones like Facebook, Instagram, and even YouTube) that all offer iPhone X giveaway deals, but are actually scams. Most of these spam offers are designed for one thing -- to get consumers to supply their personal data.
Essential, the company founded by Andy Rubin (considered by many as the godfather of Android) and the maker of the Essential Phone (which recently had started shipping), has admitted that it had inadvertently leaked personal customer information with others, apparently as part of an attempt to authenticate a certain number of buyers’ identities before shipping the Essential Phone.
According to the second biggest wireless carrier in all of America, it has managed to block its one billionth robocall with the use of a brand new system that effectively identifies unwanted phone calls by analyzing network information. Moreover, AT&T was able to accomplish this by building its own program.
It goes without saying that mobile users are easy and vulnerable targets for scammers. As a matter of fact, Truecaller found a couple of years ago that 74 percent of consumers who had lost money because of scams are claiming that it happened on their phones. Recognizing the growth threat of scammer fraud, the third biggest wireless carrier in America has decided to do something about it.
AT&T has just launched a new free service called Call Protect, and the wireless carrier’s subscribers can make full use of this feature to block unwanted phone calls. Basically, the Call Protect service comes in the form of a network based mobile app that is designed to offer automatic fraud blocking and alerts of suspected scam phone calls by way of the major US mobile operator’s myAT&T offering.
Oops. Sprint has been busted for charging tens of millions of dollars in unauthorized third-party messaging charges to customer bills.
Moreover, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is about to issue a fine in the amount of $105 million for the carrier's dubious charges, as reported by the Wall Street Journal. Interestingly, the amount of the fine is the same as the one AT&T paid to the FCC earlier this year in a case that is similar.
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