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Friday, March 6, 2009

Watch out for MobileRewardz - premium SMS scam

There are quite a few websites around that offer different things and the common denominator for them all is that in the terms and conditions they mention that you will receive something called a Premium SMS. These are SMS that you receive and every time you receive one you get billed on your mobile bill $2.5 - $10 every time!!! When you agree to sign up to the website and give them your mobile, you agree you will be billed for these premium sms.

But how can someone charge me for recieving an sms? Good question.. but they can. There are arrangements with Optus, Virgin, Telstra, Vodafone and Three which allow these third parties to bill you for these Premium SMS. 

Example - 

Terms and conditions
4. Entry and participation will incur charges as set out in this clause. After entering your details via the website, you will receive a free SMS containing your entry PIN number. Your PIN number will allow you access to the website to create and submit your entry. It is a condition of entry that you agree to receive a minimum of 1 SMS each week, the text is selected at random by the Promoter, from the date on which you enter until the competition closes on 25 May 2009. Each piece of content will be delivered to you via Premium SMS and will incur a charge of $2.50. To end the subscription reply with stop to 19996111. For help call 0280220777.

Have you come across such a website? Leave a comment here and let others know.

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