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Internet Dialup Telephone Fraud
Save your self from premium rate telephone fraud.
If you are using your telephone to connect to internet then
you need to very careful. A major population of internet users
in UK still uses modem to connect to internet. They are being
threatened by a new type of scam: premium rate telephone fraud.
A lot of dial up uses access porn web sites. What most of
them does not know is that these web sites are often full
of harmful material such as viruses. These viruses often install
themselves in your computer and then make you a victim of
premium rate telephone fraud.
The threat is so increased that the UK's telephone industry
regulator, ICSTIS, has warned consumers of the increasing
number of internet users who have fallen victim to premium
rate telephone fraud. The reason is that, ICSTIS has received
a surge in complaints from users who have received excessive
These people are basically hit by Trojan horses on their
computer. These are the viruses that are used to make long
distance calls from your telephone lines. They take over your
PC's modem connection to make calls to premium-rate numbers.
The increase in complaints has forced ICSTIS to ask the National
Hi-tech Crime Unit (NHTCU) to investigate the claims, many
of which appear to be about premium-rate "adult"
In 2003, the percentage internet-related complaints about
premium-rate services as a proportion of the total number
of customers making complaints about high telephone bills
were 70 per cent. This is a very steep rise from 2002, when
it was 43 per cent, according to ICSTIS.
A Trojan horse, secretly installed upon your computer, can
change your internet settings so you always use a premium-rate
number rather than your regular ISP's dial-up code.
Often these premium-rate dialers are installed to allow you
access to an adult pornographic website, but they may also
be used by others who are less upfront about how they intend
to change the settings on your computer.
This scam is mostly observed in the users that uses dial
up services and it is not likely to affect broadband users.
So, internet users who still connect to the internet via a
dial-up modem in UK needs
to be more careful about the access number they are using.
Anti-virus software can detect known Trojan horses that secretly
They should be performing regular virus scans to see if a
Trojan virus has not affected threat computer. Also, dial
up uses are also advised to be very careful about software
they allow to run on their computer.
Broadband users may relax a little bit. However, they should
check whether their computer still has a dial-up
modem connected to a telephone line. If it is then they
are also prone to this type of attack.
All computer users should keep their virus protection fully
updated to protect against the virus attacks. UK internet
users who have suffered from expensive premium-rate services
can file a complaint on ICSTIS's website.
2. Be aware of dial-up
internet long distance scams
A large number of consumers using their local telephone line
to connect to the Internet in the UK end up having telephone
bills a lot more then they expect. The reason may be that
they have fallen victim to telephone fraud.
But if there are no viruses found on your system then chances
are that you are unknowingly using a long distance access
number and end up being charged much more than the cost of
a local call.
Without their knowledge, their internet access numbers are
being redirected to web sites that disconnect their telephone
line from their local Internet Service Provider. They are
then reconnected to an expensive per minute international
line in remote country often in south America.. The result
is that the consumers receive phone charges several times
more then the call they made to connect to internet, routed
to international destinations without their knowledge.
The other reason as referred above, in some cases, computer
viruses may cause this scam. These viruses first appear in
very innocent form. When customers are surfing internet, more
often the customer received an offer, through a “pop-up
window” for what appears to be free games or adult materials.
A lot of people do surf porn sites, so they accept these offers
and download the offers. But when they downloaded the free
programs, the software secretly redirected their dial-up connection
to another ISP containing the harmful material. The result…all
their web surfing then took place over expensive per-minute
long distance lines!
Computer users should take precautions to avoid these Internet
dialing scams. Here are some tips:
1. Pay attention to the websites you’re visiting and
any pop-up windows that may appear. Be sure to look for any
warnings on websites that include a request to switch you
to an international telephone number and collect fees.
2. Examine your bill carefully. If you see unfamiliar charges
on your bill, contact your long-distance telephone company
3. Be sure that you have latest virus scanning software to
protect your computer. Keep it updated time to time. Computers
may be scammed from some online free of charge web site.
4. Check the dial-up
connection to ensure a local call is being made when you
connect to your ISP. The telephone number typically appears
in an on-screen window as you connect to the Internet.
5. If you do not make any international long-distance calls,
then have your local telephone company place an international
block on your account. There may be a fee for this service.
But it will save you from getting scammed.
These few steps will save you a lot of money that these scammers
take away from you.