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Dialler scams shown on BBC's watchdog

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Dialler scams shown on BBC's watchdog

Frankly I think it's way past time someone covered this, ICSTIS take the position that if there's an agreement displayed then it's legitimate but the ones I've seen are scripted so if you say no it pops up again several times.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/watchdog/thisweek/index4.shtml

Also I think people have to be aware that any program can be certified, it doesn't make much of a guarantee about the program that's been signed, except to prove where the program came from, and that's not much use if you've never heard of the name on the certificate.
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wandelaar
Grafter
Posts: 186
Registered: 17-08-2007

Dialler scams shown on BBC's watchdog

Hi Bungalow0.

This is very bad news for dial up users.

I think you should post this to the main Customer Feedback forum as far more people (including Plusnet Support read that forum),

I'm on ADSL with no modem so I am not worried, but some poor plusnet users could be taken to the cleaners.

Take Care

Dave
Community Veteran
Posts: 14,469
Registered: 30-07-2007

Dialler scams shown on BBC's watchdog

This type of activity has been around for years. There are many scam sites that trick you into downloading software which in turn uses your dialup modem to make calls without your knowledge.

Most of the spyware, malware, trojan and anti-virus scanners check for these 'dialler' apps and softyware and can usually remove it which is why it is always a good idea to check your full system frequently.

It is also important that you NEVER download anything you are not sure of, no matter whether it is signed or not. And if you do, perform a full virus and spyware scan immediately afterwards.

See the following tutorial about security for online scanners etc: General: Essential Security software.
wandelaar
Grafter
Posts: 186
Registered: 17-08-2007

Dialler scams shown on BBC's watchdog

Hi Peter,

I myself am aware of some of the scams,

I have not used a dial up moden for several years, so I personally am not unduly worried.

However, others may not be, judging my the number of port scans I am curently receiving, 'not very internet savvy' users' out there..

I simply thought it may be beneficial to raise the profile of this post, for the benefit of other plusnet users and support.

Regards

Dave
oliverb
Grafter
Posts: 606
Registered: 02-08-2007

Dialler scams shown on BBC's watchdog

Peter I think the difference is that they are turning up as signed ActiveX controls on mainstream sites now, they're not confined to the porn/warez domains anymore.
pcorker
Grafter
Posts: 309
Registered: 05-09-2007

Dialler scams shown on BBC's watchdog

Does anyone else use IE-SPYAD ? It puts a regularly updated list of spyware/malware sites in IE's security settings thus blocking their downloads. Now when you run Adaware, it usually comes up blank.
I think it's pretty good but would be interested to know of any other opinions.
Pat.
(PS it's free - and you have the option of not blocking porn sites!!!)