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Blackhatter in the UK turns call spam into cash

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by Chris22, Aug 28, 2013.

  1. Chris22

    Chris22 Regular Member

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    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-23869462
     
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    sh... I should do the same... on really bad days I get up to 10 calls a day :D .. could make them "Great days" :D
     
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    I agree... somehow my cell number always ends up on marketing lists lol.
     
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    That's awesome! :)
     
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    Thats a twist on a method I tried before back in 2005 or 2006:

    (1) Get premium rate number
    (2) Get car magnets (about $50) that says something like "how am I driving" and the premium rate number in big letters.
    (3) Drive around town like a fucking idiot, beeping the horn, passing the wrong way or over taking and braking hard etc
    (4) Back home your friend is answering the phone and keeping the call as long as possible to maximize revenue.

    TIP: Get a regular number and forward it to a premium number, so you can give out the normal number and the other party hasnt a clue they are in fact calling a premium number ROFL
     
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    I enjoy the cold callers, winding them up something chronic. I was told that if they hang up the call they do not get paid for it so I make it my mission to make them hang up. Makes me chuckle anyway.

    That guy had a cracking idea. He should get together with the other chap who sent an invoice to a cold calling company for his time after telling them several times to do one. He went to court and got the money from them :)
     
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    haha props to him, but I think you have to make it clear to people that you have a premium rate number before you give it to them (even if its marketing companies)?
     
  9. scrapefox

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    He did mention in the article that companies asked him why he had a premium number and he told them.
     
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    And you've to live in a law-less country to do that, no?


     
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    Ehm.. If you forward it they pay the fee to the regular number and you pay the fee to the premium number (since you line connects to the premium)... so you would be losing money this way instead of making any...
     
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    Touche
     
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    Nope, did it in the good old USA :)


     
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    If you had very few calls and used a landline , you would be correct.
    However if you use a google talk number or a regular phone number, if you do the maths right, and get the volume it makes money.

     
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    What if you get a couple of premium lines and go around filling every kind of offer and quote requests you can find online that asks for your contact number, under different names ? I don't think you will ever get rich doing this but it is certainly a way to get your own back at these annoying companies...
     
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    Here is something i found on the internet when I was looking for how much this idiot is making per minute....

    "If you're talking about British Pence then 10p is 10 pence and today's exchange rate is: 1.62 dollars to one pound. So 10p is about 16 American cents."

    So he gets a whopping 70% of 16 cents every minute.
     
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    I think we got a telemarketer here
     
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    Lee Beaumont is an entrepreneur from Leeds, West Yorkshire In England. Lee was born on the 21st June 1988. Lee has worked in a variety of jobs. Including Tesco (as a Customer Service & Stock Control Assistant), at Hilton Hotel (as a Kitchen Porter), and at Sainsbury’s (as a Night Manager). Growing up he always wanted to own his own businesses and be a big-shot.

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    Quite a smart idea, but he's obviously not a very successful "businessman" if he's happy to waste his time for 7p a minute!