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Computer virus doubles phone bills

Date: March 13, 2007

Rochelle Rothman usually spends about $60 a month for phone service. But she discovered she owed more than twice as much when she opened a recent phone bill. "I was astonished to find a bill for nearly $139," she said.

Although Rothman said she uses the phone only for local calls, there were 26 calls, some just a minute apart, to a phone number in Boston. She thought she could resolve the issue by calling her phone service provider.

"But the company insisted I made the calls. I work from my home and was sitting at my computer next to my phone during the times of those calls," she explained. "It's impossible for me to have made them."
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