“Missed call” SPAM scam curbed

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17 Feb 04

A recent news-report in the London Daily Telegraph disclosed that a scam involving “missed call marketing” costing mobile phone users up to almost $30 a time has been curbed.

According to the Daily Telegraph the scam involves the use of computers to call thousands of mobile phones, and reportedly the vast majority of the calls are allegedly originating from a company registered in the British Virgin Islands.

The victims of this scam see a message on their phone’s screen and when they return the call they are redirected at a cost of almost $3 per minute to a pre-recorded message offering “fantastic” cash prizes of £1,000.

The Independent Committee for the Supervision of Telephone Information Services (ICSTIS) said that this type of marketing is totally unsolicited and likely to target children and the economically vulnerable.

An ICSTIS spokesperson told the Guardian that they suspect that it is just one or two companies behind this scam. Regulators believe that both are related to another operation “called Quartel 3 and that all can be linked back to Greenbay Ltd, registered in Tortola”

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