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Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Mobile phone scam

Ok, this isn't exactly Oxfam Challenge related, but in the interests of helping people avoid unnecessary mobile phone calls I am putting this info on the web. I figure that this will also show on Google if you search for the number...

This morning my phone rang once and I received a missed call from the following number:
02 84042293



I'm not in the habit of returning missed calls where I don't recognise the number so I didn't. Then this morning I read the following article that made me glad I didn't!


I have done a Google search on 84042293 and apparently it is related to a mobile phone scam.

Scammers target mobile phone users
From: AAP
June 20, 2006

A MOBILE phone scam is sending missed call messages to unsuspecting users, urging them to dial premium rate phone lines, an industry watchdog has warned.


Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association (AMTA) chief executive Chris Althaus urged mobile phone users not to call back any phone numbers they did not recognise.

The scheme involves companies dialling random numbers and terminating the calls before consumers have time to answer, he said. Those who call back are directed to phone a premium 190 number to collect free mobile content and a chance to win a prize. It could take time to connect and more time and further steps, such as sending an SMS to another premium line, to collect the prize, he said.

"It is important to check the cost before dialling a premium voice number (beginning with 190) or a premium text number (beginning with 19)," Mr Althaus said.

"They are both premium rate services and people will be charged at a higher rate.

"The industry's strong advice on these sorts of schemes is to be very wary of missed calls unless they are from numbers that customers recognise.

"If you receive an offer that's too good to be true, it probably is. Be wary of `free' offers. Are they free or are you paying for them elsewhere?"

A guide to protect your mobile phone from unwanted voice and text messages is available on the AMTA website –
www.amta.org.au.

http://www.news.com.au/story/0,10117,19530356-421,00.html

This other article provides more info:
http://www.smh.com.au/news/security/cybersleuths-wage-war-on-call-scam/2006/06/16/1149964721274.html?page=fullpage#contentSwap2

Moral of the story?
Don't respond to missed numbers you don't recognise, the same way you wouldn't respond to an email address you didn't recognise!









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