My daughter getting ripped off by SMS phone scam

Seen any interesting ‘Premium TXT’ entries in your (or your kids) mobile phone bills lately?? We have! To our horror half her total phone allowance for two months has already be chewed up by RECEIVING SMS messages at $2 per pop!

PhoneScam.jpg

She has been deleting the messages ‘cos she didn’t know who they were from (I want her to keep the next one so I can be more sure of facts).  So I waste most of my Saturday trying to track this thing down.

Turns out that a ‘friend’ of my daughter’s sent an SMS message from her phone to one of these TV ‘competitions’. A bit of googling and we find there are several unhappy campers out there (see my delicious tag). 

http://del.icio.us/mseyfang/phonescam

Read around, check the fine print and you will indeed see that ‘YOU’
have agreed to pay $2 to recieve ongoing SMS spam (and more if you
really want to participate in the competition).  Oh how I hate this abuse of small transactions that is one of the unfortunate side effects of some of the technological advances toward microtransactions that I have helped create.

In particular, there is an interesting thread on the whirlpool forums:
http://forums.whirlpool.net.au/forum-replies-archive.cfm/434892.html
That details the futile attempts of some angry campers to have these ads removed and scam shut-down.  I know that I am as mad as hell and my daughter feels guilty for having been violated in this way.

So, check you bill, check your kids prepay bills.

And if you know of some effective way I can join some form of class action to have this type of activity stopped or at least publicly exposed then let me know.

AAArrrch!

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