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Caution: Mobile Phone Text Message Scam!

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12 Jun 2006 08:46:53 -0700

This could happen to you; be careful:


24 Jan 2006, 03:04:39 PM
Reporter: Helen Wellings

They're telemarketer's dreams -- mobile phones generate fortunes for
scammers. With around 20 million mobile phone users around Australia,
those fraudsters can't lose. In fact complaints to the
Telecommunications Ombudsman about bills for premium rate SMS's have
tripled in the past year -- and text spams top the list.
Gordon Renouf, of the Australian Consumers' Association, publishers of
Choice magazine, warns "There's more and more of this kind of spam
going to go out to consumers. It's only going to get worse unless the
regulations are fixed up."

The latest rackets attacking mobile users left, right and centre -
offers of so-called "free" ringtones, "you've won a competition for a
trip" scams and innocent-looking text messaging that tricks you into

"All the text messages were inviting and playful and much like a
friend would text you that's really what got me in," says IT expert
Steve Marr. He was intrigued by an SMS from someone say "Hi it's
Susan. I'm back. Contact me." Thinking it was an old acquaintance just
back from overseas, naturally he sent back a text message. "It came
back with a very bizarre message saying "blonde hair blue eyes long
legs. Does that help?" I thought I still don't know who this person is
but they're having a lend of me. Someone's got a sense of humour I'll
play along." After a few text messages, he discovered he couldn't
make a call from his prepaid mobile, even though he'd just bought $30
worth of credit. Steve was scammed! By replying to the message, he'd
automatically become a subscriber to a chat service. Every time the
service messages him, it costs him $4 up; his replies cost him 50


So don't reply to any Text Message you get unless you know the person
for sure or you could be signing up for a chat service and not know

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