A common fraud/scam known in the industry as “JOSEF” is still VERY ACTIVE in our industry. Below are details used by the fraudster in the past 7 days…
The suspected fraudster continues to use VALID business information to obtain telephony services, with the objective of making VERY HIGH VOLUMES of international calls and leaving resellers with large bills.
The latest incidents follow the same patterns, requesting Hosted Seats / SIP Trunks / soft clients and, in some cases, UK inbound numbers with portal access to redirect calls overseas.
The fraudster in these and similar previous cases speaks with an accent described as Eastern European, although it might possibly be Middle Eastern because some tracing of IP information points to Palestine and surrounding areas.
The details used in recent cases are:
Contact: Thomas Miller
Company name: Toke Holdings Limited
Address: Rushmere Stud Speltham Hill, Hambledon, Waterlooville, PO7 4SE
Contact numbers: 02392161214
The suspected fraudsters use valid company details and often valid bank details, which allows them to pass credit checks and obtain telecom services including Hosted Seats, SIP Trunks and Inbound Numbers. From time to time, the contact and business details change. We have been made aware that the fraudster is currently using the details above (note the contact number which is a Virtual Geographic Number).
We are NOT suggesting that the above companies and persons named are carrying out any fraudulent or criminal activities. However, their details are currently being used for fraudulent and criminal purposes by unauthorised persons.
We urge you to ensure you and your staff remain vigilant to these methods and to carry out full credit checks and full due diligence before providing services – sometimes a deal can be too good to be true. If you use e-sign for your customer contracts check the IP address origination for where the document was opened and signed.
Remember to validate the company details by contacting the business, using information published on such sites as ‘Companies House’.