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Romanian police are claiming success in breaking up a cybercrime ring blamed for losses of more than €11m ($14.6 million) through telecoms call charge fraud. Raids on Tuesday led to the arrest of 42 suspected members of the gang, reckoned to be led by two Romanians, according to Romanian prosecutors. The group specialised in …


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  1. Anonymous Coward

    Someone help me out here

    ...but is there really any valid reason why premium rate numbers exist? It seems like the only time you hear about them are for scams.

    Disclaimer: IMO phone sex and fortune telling do not qualify as valid businesses

  2. Anonymous Coward

    One of our comms controllers

    Alerted us to a £58 premium rate call on saturday at 15:20....our office was supposed to be locked, only building security had access......Oh yes, and the security guards are mainly contractor (eastern europeans....)

    1. Anonymous Coward

      dail in and loop back out?

      nah of course the comms controllers have disabled that default.

      This is eaxctly how the scam worked, bad defaults allowing breakout to out dial.

  3. Anonymous Coward

    I mean no-one would use their own phone

    would they? My brother has a mate who was went bankrupt due to calling premium rate numbers about 5 years back. What a muppet. He would have bought a 1000 copies of Razzle for the price of a weeks worth of calls. Plum!

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