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T-Mobile’s Scam Shield adds new number verification

The TL;DR – spoofed numbers will show as spoofed now. In the past when a car warranty expiration notice from a scam company robocalling you was to be delivered the scammer would fake a caller ID number somewhere in your area code, often the return number of someone completely unassociated. People are much more likely to pick up for local numbers. This lead to many billions of “why are you calling me?” calls and subsequent “I...

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With a major cloud IP camera company hacked, how safe are you?

A few days ago Verkada, a cloud-based camera management company was shown to have had several thousand of its cameras or data compromised. I’m not going to rehash everything, but Tesla, police interrogation rooms, women’s prisons, hospitals, etc were shown to reporters. Here’s a link on Bloomberg that covers it pretty well. Oh yeah, to answer the question in the headline, unless you’re keeping your IP camera data on your own...

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A way to keep PayPal, Venmo, etc from locking your money

One of the things that’s happened during the pandemic that I’ve noticed is a lot of scammers have moved online. There’s been a lot of crackdowns by money-transferring services that have the unfortunate side effect of locking your funds away until you manage to reach a human, go through a dispute process, and in many cases fight for months. Friend of a friend of mine has rent basically in limbo due to her account being...