New WASP scam in South Africa secretly subscribes you to a R5-a-day service

rpm

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1st I would like to know, was double opt in done for the billing by the providers who supposedly offer it (Vodacom I think) or were users on those providers not affected?
We have already asked for comment on that. Basically, with double opt-in, how was this possible?
 

cavedog

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This will never stop.... I really don;t know why we have this scourge in South Africa.

I got a sms today from "African Bank" to say they are offering me a credit card. Just click the link. The link is a subscription to content service for R5 a day which no benefit at all and I highly doubt it is from African Bank too....
 

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This will never stop.... I really don;t know why we have this scourge in South Africa.

I got a sms today from "African Bank" to say they are offering me a credit card. Just click the link. The link is a subscription to content service for R5 a day which no benefit at all and I highly doubt it is from African Bank too....

I got it too haha! Not us :whistling:
 

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The consumer would probably wonder how the subscription service was able to know which cellphone to bill, as the consumer never typed their cellphone number into a text field on the website,” the panel said.

This insidious collection of personal information intrudes on a consumer’s right to privacy, said the panel.

It would appear that the “Mobile Network Providers” allow for this information to be made available to third-party websites.
Very scary - the service providers are supposed to keep our numbers private and not make it available to spammers, scammers, porn sites and the like.

Are you being tracked by mobile carrier injected Tracking Headers?
http://www.ghacks.net/2015/08/31/are-mobile-carrier-injected-tracking-headers-used-to-track-you/
 

Hemi300c

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We should be able to hold MTN, Vodacom etc accountable and force them to stop these scrupulous WASP services in totality, after all they collecting the money and paying it over to these scrupulous companies.
But they just like banks and abdicate all responsibility.
 

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"It would appear that the “Mobile Network Providers” allow for this information to be made available to third-party websites."

^^??
 

supersunbird

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"It would appear that the “Mobile Network Providers” allow for this information to be made available to third-party websites."

^^??

They allow your phone number to be read by the website when you visit
 

supersunbird

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What does the link look like that people have to click?

It's in a SMS I guess. Don't you get those spam/scam SMSs with links? Hell, some "please call me"s I get (from unknowns) also seem to have scam links in the ad part lol
 

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I have advocated for a long time that WASPS should be outlawed as an undesirable business practise. The WASPS know that no one would willingly subscribe to their services (because it gives absolutely no value) so they make use of deceptive tactics (which is fraud) to bill customers. The involvement of the service providers is regrettable. They should not allow any WASP on their services but I guess they also benefit from it, hence the reluctance to act.
 

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Fraud plain and simple , prosecute the mothers already , jail time is in order here .
If the cell companies are complicit in this they should be prosecuted as well (supplying information in order to commit a crime ).
 

rph72

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I believe the cell providers are complicit and receive a %. Why would they kill off a cash cow? :mad:
 

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Yes they are FSP's because they insure and sell insurance.

While they may be a FSP, what exactly is their licence for? The licence may only be iro the insurance products they sell, but surely not more than that?
 
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