Indian Brave Posted November 1, 2009 Share Posted November 1, 2009 Came across a "new?" threat to mobile phone users last week. Eldest lad works in a busy Casino - and has a mobile phone with no limits on usage - just pay for what you use - which probably represents many peoples account with their telco relationship situation - the telcos happy to sell you as much usage time as they can. His account includes internet connection facility. At the Casino - they aren't allowed mobile phones on their person while working - they must be locked away in their staff locker within a secured area of the casino under camera surveillance etc. Usually they get 15 minute break every few hours & during this time Son checks his phone for any text messages. Well - he always leaves his phone switched on, to receive said incoming texts and messages, which has proven to be a mistake. It turns out someone has brought their palm pilot or whatever (laptop?) into the building with them - and managed to blue-tooth into his phone and use it to UPLOAD huge amounts of data to the net, running up a total bill in excess of $1500, within the period of just the one work shift. Son wasn't the ONLY one caught out either - turns out 2 other telco users got caught on the same day at the same locale according to the telco. They have decided to wipe 2/3rds of the usage cost, BECAUSE the phone was locked inside a locker with full security tape coverage for the claimed period of use - showing that no one actually had physical access to his phone, however the telco claim that he had a responsibility to "turn it off" when not using it to prevent unauthorized blue-tooth connectivity. So - I know I'm not one of those people to ever turn my mobile off unless in a movie theatre or meeting - it stays on 24/7/365 mostly. I always work on a minimum $20 = $40 pre paid account so that no one can run up any large bills on my phone even if they do steal it / hack it or blue tooth it, but many kids tend to just get a plan with a telco and pay for what they use - leaving themselves open to such theft on a big scale. Hopefully this heads-up might save others from getting similarly ripped off. If our NOT using your mobile phone (physically on your person for any period of time - then TURN IT OFF to prevent bluetooth theft.! Combined, the 3 phones intercepted that night at the casino ran up over $6K worth of debt in less than 8 hours. Cheers Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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