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Andy Cohen Says he was Scammed Out of 'a Lot of Money' by Someone Pretending to be his Bank

January 12, 2023
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Understanding the Ins and Outs of Cyber Scams

Lessons from Andy Cohen's Experience

The Article

Andy Cohen's recent encounter with cyber fraud, as detailed in a People Magazine article, is a cautionary tale that resonates with many. The incident, where Cohen was duped into revealing sensitive information to scammers posing as his bank, highlights the ever-evolving sophistication of online scams. Cohen, a well-known media personality, fell victim to a scam that began with a simple phone call, illustrating that anyone can be targeted.

The Scam

The scammers' approach in Cohen’s case was psychologically astute: they exploited a recent event (his lost debit card) to create a plausible scenario. This tactic of building trust and urgency is a common thread in many scams. Once they had Cohen's attention and trust, they pushed for more personal information, including his Apple ID and bank login details. Cohen's hesitation at this stage was appropriate, but unfortunately, it was too late. The scammers had already gained access to his bank accounts, leading to significant financial loss.

Common Indicators that you are being scammed:

  • Calls from out of the blue
  • Incitement of a sense of urgency
  • Request for money
  • Request for unusual payment options such as gift cards or bitcoin
  • Requests you don’t speak to anyone


This incident underscores a critical aspect of digital security: vigilance is key, but so is having the right tools at your disposal. For users, especially those who are not tech-savvy, distinguishing between legitimate and fraudulent communications can be challenging. This is where a service like Catch’s Email Add-On becomes invaluable. By providing real-time detection and warnings about potential scams, Catch helps users navigate their digital communications with greater confidence and security. The tool’s ability to alert users before they fall into the trap set by scammers is crucial in preventing incidents like Cohen's.

Cohen’s experience is a stark reminder that cyber scams can happen to anyone, regardless of their level of fame or perceived savviness. It emphasizes the need for continuous education on the latest scam tactics and the importance of integrating advanced security tools like Catch into our daily digital routines. In a world where cyber threats are increasingly sophisticated, staying one step ahead is not just a convenience – it's a necessity.

If you believe you have been scammed:

  • Change passwords on critical accounts
  • Set up Multi-Factor Authentication on critical accounts
  • Contact your financial institutions immediately
  • Get support from someone you trust
  • Report the scam to local law enforcement authorities
  • Spread awareness
  • Be on alert for follow up scams

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