Calling Cards Frauds and You

By: Feras Shoukeir

Many ofthe travelers are aware of the safety of their credit cards and other types ofcards related to monetary transactions but they are not very much concernedabout the safety of their international calling cards. It is because they areunaware about the value of these cards and realize their faults only when thecard is actually lost. You should not be a victim of this type of fraudactivities.

Thecriminals steal the and run illegal “call-sell"operations. In this type of organized criminal activities, the frauds mainlysell domestic and international telephone calls illegally to the public in lieuof a certain amount of money as call rate. The common people are attracted tothis type of services, as they demand less amount of money as compared to otherregistered services.

Besidescausing a huge amount of monetary losses, the unscrupulous people causeunwanted inconvenience to the legitimate users. All the telephone companies areeager to minimize the losses by deactivating those codes that are reported as stolenand used illegally. They are eager to save their skin by immediatelydeactivating and tracing all the frauds that are reported to them. Thus, assoon as a person loses his calling card s/he should report the matter to theconcerned calling card company as soon as possible.

You mustremember that these frauds do not necessarily have to steal your card. If theyonly come to know of your card’s 14-digit authorization code, they are able touse it illegally without any hindrance. Although they never lose the possessionof the card, the call-sell operators and frauds observe them, because the commonpeople use the numbers at the public payphones. Many a times, the users are notaware about the type of card connection they are using at the public payphonesand the frauds take advantage of this in making a lot of money from the stolen callingcards.

If you plan to travel abroad, make sure that youtake your calling cards along with your other cards so that they are safe andsecure from any potential instance of treachery. Always try to keep awaysuspicious characters from your calling card and other cards that areextensively personal to you and cannot be shared with others. Remember reportingthe matter as soon as you lose your calling cards both to the police and to theconcerned company. You are sure to get relieved if the organized fraud circuit ishandcuffed and taken behind the bars so that any further theft of calling card isavoided.

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