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Epic idea!

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by Aegroeg, Aug 29, 2013.

  1. Aegroeg

    Aegroeg Regular Member

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    A man targeted by marketing companies is making money from cold calls with his own premium-rate phone number.

    In November 2011 Lee Beaumont paid £10 plus VAT to set up his personal 0871 line - so to call him now costs 10p, from which he receives 7p.

    The Leeds businessman told BBC Radio 4's You and Yours programme that the premium line had so far made £300.


    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-23869462


    Because he works from home, Mr Beaumont has been able to increase his revenue by keeping cold callers talking - asking for more details about their services.


    I see an opportunity...
     
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  4. tamland

    tamland Junior Member

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    heard this before. but if you decide to try it out keep us updated. i'd like to know how it works out for you :)
     
  5. RandomSquirrel

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    humm... I have an idea or two for this...
     
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  6. SoSunny

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    Well done, Mr Beaumont
     
  7. Mr.Julyan

    Mr.Julyan Regular Member

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    That sparks some idea in my mind, but still unclear, it would be nice if anyone have practical idea what to do about this story. that man actually just annoyed when he casually watch coronation street in home when some loan shark or something like that comes up. Salute to the man.
     
  8. JDMaStA

    JDMaStA Registered Member

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    are they really that dumb and call premium-rate numbers ?!
    I mean... how ?... why ?...

    Maybe the phone agents just don't care since they don't have to pay the phone bill of the company.
     
  9. chriswick

    chriswick Registered Member

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    I'm a little surprised nobody in the BH space has experimented with premium rate numbers. They work offline with those free scratch cards, so why not online?
     
  10. Goal Line Technology

    Goal Line Technology Senior Member

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    Let me guess.....

    you are going to develop a site where you are going to offer this service for people around the world,
    and when they get nuisance calls, you will set it up for them, and charge them a % age of profit?

    Someone calculated yesterday that it generated just 11 cents per minute for this guy from Leeds.

    However, imagine if you set it up and have say 1,000 clients around the world per month,
    averaging 3 minutes per call, then
    that would be 3 x $0.11 x 1,000 = $333 per month for little set up fees?
    Then scale it up, wow, you could back in here and update us with how you became a millionaire lol :)

    j/k btw RandomSquirel.... but I am sure some BHW members will actually contemplate it lol

    Cheers