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Internet scam, family business

Date: August 16, 2006
By: Vassil Malandris

When a family found extra calls on their phone bill, they queried it with the phone company. It turned out their Internet modem had been hijacked.

Most of us dread finding bills in the mail, but pensioners Tina and Arthur Sarantidis had quite a shock when they opened their telephone bill.

"My wife opened the letters every day and said to me 'Arthur, what is this?'," Arthur said. "We got a bill from Optus, $50."

The bill had the couple's name, address, and an account number on it. But the Sarantidis family has never signed up to Optus for any phone service. Their home line is with Telstra.
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