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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.
Don't Pick Up If You Don't Know the Number
Don't Reveal Too Much Too Soon
Know What to Look For
Keep Extensive Contact Lists
Consider Voice Biometrics and Phone Printing
Have a Plan to Combat Internal Attacks at Work
Be Suspicious of Calls from Credit Bureaus
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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.

 
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