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- May 24, 2010
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New South African cellphone scam secretly subscribes you to a R5-a-day service
A new cellphone service in South Africa secretly subscribes mobile users to a R5-a-day adult service.
We have already asked for comment on that. Basically, with double opt-in, how was this possible?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?
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....
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.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.