Are there new targets for scams?
Yes, we often see a shift of focus for scams. For example, for years seniors were the primary target for telemarketing crooks, until they learned to say “No” and hang up. Young people are now the primary target of identity thieves. Then the crooks moved to the Internet where we see various groups being targeted. However, anyone who owns a computer may be targeted by crooks. These same crooks are now finding a new target for their frauds. Restaurant owners. We have heard from a number of restaurant owners about various scams. One example is the caller who claims to be with the police and is trying to find a crook who is passing stolen credit cards. The restaurant owner is asked to provide a list of credit cards used by customers within the last week. Of course this is just an attempt to steal credit card numbers.