Endpoint

4/27/2017
12:50 PM
50%
50%

IRS and Immigration Officials Impersonated in Call Center Scam

A call center in India was used to scare US residents with threats of imprisonment and deportation in a ruse that impersonated US officials.

With stolen data and a call center based in India, a group of thieves impersonated Internal Revenue Service and US Citizenship and Immigration Services officials to scare money out of US residents.

Ashvinbhai Chaudhari, 28, plead guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering in the case, the Department of Justice announced Wednesday. Chaudhari and his co-conspirators used information from data brokers to create a ruse where Indian call center operators would impersonate IRS and immigration officials and contact US residents to threaten them with arrest, imprisonment, fines, or deportation unless they paid money they allegedly owed the government.

The victims were instructed to make payments by wiring money or purchasing stored value cards. Once the funds were received, the call centers would use a network of "runners" located in the US to liquidate and launder the money, according to the DOJ.

Chaudhari, an Indian national who resided in Texas at the time of the theft, is one of 55 other individuals who have been charged in the case. He is scheduled to be sentenced on July 21. This case is the latest example of the rapid rise in call center fraud, which spiked 113% in 2016.

Read more about the call center case here.

Dark Reading's Quick Hits delivers a brief synopsis and summary of the significance of breaking news events. For more information from the original source of the news item, please follow the link provided in this article. View Full Bio

Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Comments
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
Dr.T
50%
50%
Dr.T,
User Rank: Ninja
4/28/2017 | 11:01:47 AM
Accountability
 

Glad to hear somebody is held accountable on this scam, that might help to discourage some others.
Dr.T
50%
50%
Dr.T,
User Rank: Ninja
4/28/2017 | 11:00:12 AM
IRSs collectors
Actually, just remembered, as far as I hear from IRS, they will be hiring collectors to make calls to people who owe money to IRS, so this situation will get more compels.
Dr.T
50%
50%
Dr.T,
User Rank: Ninja
4/28/2017 | 10:58:30 AM
IRS impersonation
 

IRS keeps telling everyone that they do not ask for money on the phone we keep falling into these traps.
12 Free, Ready-to-Use Security Tools
Steve Zurier, Freelance Writer,  10/12/2018
Most IT Security Pros Want to Change Jobs
Dark Reading Staff 10/12/2018
6 Security Trends for 2018/2019
Curtis Franklin Jr., Senior Editor at Dark Reading,  10/15/2018
Register for Dark Reading Newsletters
White Papers
Video
Cartoon Contest
Write a Caption, Win a Starbucks Card! Click Here
Latest Comment: This comment is waiting for review by our moderators.
Current Issue
Flash Poll
The Risk Management Struggle
The Risk Management Struggle
The majority of organizations are struggling to implement a risk-based approach to security even though risk reduction has become the primary metric for measuring the effectiveness of enterprise security strategies. Read the report and get more details today!
Twitter Feed
Dark Reading - Bug Report
Bug Report
Enterprise Vulnerabilities
From DHS/US-CERT's National Vulnerability Database
CVE-2018-10839
PUBLISHED: 2018-10-16
Qemu emulator <= 3.0.0 built with the NE2000 NIC emulation support is vulnerable to an integer overflow, which could lead to buffer overflow issue. It could occur when receiving packets over the network. A user inside guest could use this flaw to crash the Qemu process resulting in DoS.
CVE-2018-13399
PUBLISHED: 2018-10-16
The Microsoft Windows Installer for Atlassian Fisheye and Crucible before version 4.6.1 allows local attackers to escalate privileges because of weak permissions on the installation directory.
CVE-2018-18381
PUBLISHED: 2018-10-16
Z-BlogPHP 1.5.2.1935 (Zero) has a stored XSS Vulnerability in zb_system/function/c_system_admin.php via the Content-Type header during the uploading of image attachments.
CVE-2018-18382
PUBLISHED: 2018-10-16
Advanced HRM 1.6 allows Remote Code Execution via PHP code in a .php file to the user/update-user-avatar URI, which can be accessed through an "Update Profile" "Change Picture" (aka user/edit-profile) action.
CVE-2018-18374
PUBLISHED: 2018-10-16
XSS exists in the MetInfo 6.1.2 admin/index.php page via the anyid parameter.