Telephone fraud removed via 905 lines that managed to defraud 50,000 euros a month. MADRID, Aug 12 (EUROPA PRESS). –
The Aplicacions de Servei Monsan telecom operator has removed fifteen 905 lines through which one of its customers was carrying out a “massive fraud” by which they had managed to defraud more than 50,000 euros a month from “thousands of users across Spain”, Facua-Consumers in Action reported today.
The consumer association, which reported the “scam” last week, said the telecom operator has proceeded “to cut off all numbers and services that those responsible for the scam had contracted with them” since 7 July.
Users that were victims of the “scam” received an SMS on their mobile phone with the following: “You have a voice message, a person wants to contact you and has left you a voice message. To listen now call 905 545 026”.
If the user fell for the “fraud” and called that phone number, a recorded voice indicated that the cost of the call was up to 1.87 euros and referred the victim to another 905 number, where a supposed acquaintance claimed they wanted to find out more from the user and asked them to leave a message.
“Hello, I am sending you this message because I want to get to know you better and I think I like you. Surely you know who I am. Please, if you want to talk to me leave your message and form of contact in the service. I look forward to your call. Remember that if you want to answer this person and for them to contact you, you have to call 905 545022”, could be heard in the recording.
According to the data provided by the operator, there were 27,000 calls during the month these SMS were sent, with a cost of up to 1.87 euros each, so the total “scam” can be estimated at about 50,490 euros.
Monsan has informed the technology crime group of the National Police in Madrid of all available data relating to the holder of the 905 lines reported and will soon send the same data to court.
DEMAND FOR CONTROLS
Facua is demanding that central government and the autonomous communities establish controls on phones with a 905 code to end abuses and fraud committed through them to “avoid the stricter laws of the 803, 806, 807 and 907 numbers”.
It is also asking the Secretary of State for Telecommunications and Information Society (Setsi) of the Ministry of Industry, Energy and Tourism to close the regulatory loophole in relation to the 905 number, a code created to carry out surveys, but which is being used in recent year for television game shows.