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In the UK with contract phones as the norm I can see how they could rack up maybe a few hundred pounds before the Telco twigs that something is amiss with such abnormal usage. Unfortunately, they will then become the agents for the fraudsters by demanding that you have been conned, not them and you have to pay up. If you don't they will trash your credit rating which has become quite important if your ever want a mortgage or a loan (and that's just about everyone).
Maybe the crooks don't know we are all pay-as-you-go in Cambodia.
funny...i grow up there between the Age of 6 till 12.
We leave in 1989 and at the time, they have beton (hard) roads. The foto seems to be older....or perhapps it's actual. In Afrika the devellopment goes in some country more backward than foreward....We leave at the time because of the dangerous political Situation there.
I am sure, that cambodia is better for living than there, in the middle of the forest and far away from all.......
This is was way before Skype. Computers used modems that dialed specific phone numbers in order to connect to the ‘internet’ usually FTP sites and email servers. Users would download software with malicious programs that would track a users activities for a couple of weeks to determine a pattern. Then when the user was known to be away, the modem dialed a specific long distance number, and stay connected until just before the user would be coming come. The scammer collected the connection fees. It was a well known scam.phuketrichard wrote:NEVER heard of this and how would it work? A computer cant dial a number, only software, (like skype) if it was set up could.
The solutions? Don’t download too good to be true programs, like free copies of Windows. Don’t leave the telephone wire plugged into the modem jack. Physically turn off the computer (they had hard wired on/off switches at that time), or unplug them from the wall. Then computers went to soft switches - ever see a computer reboot itself, same idea, and then laptops came with batteries.
I am surprised you never heard of this.
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was using modems back in the early 90's so do understand the principal and do understand "phreaking" but not in the way you describe it.
but dont understand this;
how the fuck would a computer know when u were coming home, nobody has the exact same routine daily."....and stay connected until just before the user would be coming home.
how would the scammer get into whatever billing system to see what the charges were?? and who would pay the scammer? Surely not the legit company,which is the ONLY one making money off of this so called scam.......The scammer collected the connection fees.
in the late 60's, I used one of these to make free long distance phone calls
and than had a blue box which came along in the 60's as well
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Most people go to work at regular hours Monday to Friday. After a few weeks of monitoring, easy to figure out when someone won’t be home.
Old telecom boxes used sounds for commands. This is when phones had dial tones. People who could imitate these sound commands, could do ‘phreaking’ or manipulate the telecom boxes into doing things like make free phone calls. Similar idea to the sonic commander remote controls of yesteryear (just after the wired television remotes, before the IR remotes and now Bluetooth remotes of today).
The most dangerous scam going around now is criminal gangs controlling legions of hacked computers (zombies) and threatening to shut down networks with the zombies unless a ransom is paid.
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