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scams are generally operated from pornographic sites
Modem-jacking changes the Internet access and Internet Service Provider (ISP) of victims without them being aware of it. They are then reconnected - without their knowledge - to a new provider often charging literally hundreds of dollars per hour.

If a Web site:-
*encourages you to use an alternative payment method involving the installation of a piece of software
*enables your modem to re-dial on the Internet
*offers to bill you through your telephone or telecommunications company

then you are likely to be scammed through modem-jacking.

Modem-jacking, also known as dumping, occurs when consumers make payments on the Internet. Rather than using credit cards, they can choose an alternative payment method. When they click to agree to an offer, a file downloads to their computer to disconnect the modem and reconnect it through a new number where they are charged hundreds of dollars per hour.

The scams are generally operated from pornographic sites where people prefer not to give personal details. So the scammers offer discreet billing to be included in the user's telephone bill, through alternative Internet access. There's the catch! Victims agree to this attractive solution without checking the contract conditions which often advise them about the charges. In most cases, the contracts are legally correct and binding, and victims discover too late that they have to pay the inflated charges listed on their next telephone bill.

It's a scam, but the scammers are generally within the law! In Australia, only two cases out of the hundreds of complaints have actually been illegal. Often scammers disclose the billing in small print knowing that people will overlook it. It pays to make sure you understand the terms and conditions before clicking 'I agree' to anything on the Internet.

Further information, visit http://www.scamwatch.gov.au/content/internet/modem_py.asp
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