“Although individuals like this particular scammer are the ones responsible for manipulating victims on the phone, they represent only the outward face of a multibillion-dollar criminal industry … These include sellers of phone numbers; programmers who develop malware and pop-ups; and money mules. From the constantly evolving nature of scams — lately I’ve been receiving calls from the ‘law-enforcement department of the Federal Reserve System’ about an outstanding arrest warrant instead of the fake Social Security Administration calls I was getting a year ago — it’s evident that the industry has its share of innovators.” NYT Mag’s: Yudhijit Bhattacharjee with a very interesting look at the callers trying to trick you out of your money and the part time vigilantes trying to trick those callers into giving up their identities. Who’s Making All Those Scam Calls? (These guys should all just get into day trading…)