Feeds

MP gets police to investigate BT over rogue dialler scams

CPS takes a peek too

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Boost IT visibility and business value

Police investigating cases where BT customers have been ripped off by rogue dialler software have sent a report to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS).

The investigation hinges on whether punters who've been conned out of hundreds of pounds by rogue dialler operators should pay their BT phone bills.

Labour MP Bob Blizzard wrote to the Chief Constable of Suffolk Police after being contacted by constituents stung by rogue diallers.

He asked the police to investigate whether BT was in breach of the Proceeds of Crime Act for taking money from customers caught by the fraud, which is then passed on, eventually, to those behind the scams.

A short report has now been sent to the CPS, the body responsible for prosecuting people in England and Wales charged with a criminal offence. A spokeswoman for the CPS confirmed that the report had been received and that it is "being looked into".

In a statement the MP for Waveney said: "I know that BT didn't want these scams to happen and they have taken steps to better protect customers in future. BT is something of a victim too, but the company shouldn't punish its customers who have already been scammed. It should be big enough to waive the charges for the fraudulent calls."

But BT maintains that when it comes to these illegal calls, its hands are tied.

In a statement it said: "BT cannot refuse to carry the telecommunications traffic unless or until a criminal act is clearly established. Much as BT would like to act on a mere suspicion of potential wrongdoing, unless BT has very concrete evidence it is very difficult to stop calls or withhold money.

"Indeed BT has been sued on occasions when it tried to take pre-emptive action. Rightly or wrongly, case law suggests that in regulated markets decisions to stop the supply of services should be taken by the regulators, not the service provider," it said.

In its latest move against rogue diallers, the UK telco is planning to introduce new modem protection software which is designed to stop computers from dialling premium rate numbers. Trials in Northern Ireland have proved successful and BT is now looking to make the software available from next month. ®

Related stories

BT to block rogue diallers - again
BT rogue dialler court case delayed
Citizens Advice warns of 'shocking' rogue dialler scams
BT sued for blocking suspected 'rogue dialler' numbers
BT abandons scheme to block rogue diallers
German rogue dialler suspects cuffed

Maximizing your infrastructure through virtualization

More from The Register

next story
Stick a 4K in them: Super high-res TVs are DONE
4,000 pixels is niche now... Don't say we didn't warn you
BBC goes offline in MASSIVE COCKUP: Stephen Fry partly muzzled
Auntie tight-lipped as major outage rolls on
Philip K Dick 'Nazi alternate reality' story to be made into TV series
Amazon Studios, Ridley Scott firm to produce The Man in the High Castle
iPad? More like iFAD: We reveal why Apple fell into IBM's arms
But never fear fanbois, you're still lapping up iPhones, Macs
Amazon Reveals One Weird Trick: A Loss On Almost $20bn In Sales
Investors really hate it: Share price plunge as growth SLOWS in key AWS division
Bose says today is F*** With Dre Day: Beats sued in patent battle
Music gear giant seeks some of that sweet, sweet Apple pie
There's NOTHING on TV in Europe – American video DOMINATES
Even France's mega subsidies don't stop US content onslaught
You! Pirate! Stop pirating, or we shall admonish you politely. Repeatedly, if necessary
And we shall go about telling people you smell. No, not really
Too many IT conferences to cover? MICROSOFT to the RESCUE!
Yet more word of cuts emerges from Redmond
prev story

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
Application security programs and practises
Follow a few strategies and your organization can gain the full benefits of open source and the cloud without compromising the security of your applications.
How modern custom applications can spur business growth
Learn how to create, deploy and manage custom applications without consuming or expanding the need for scarce, expensive IT resources.
Securing Web Applications Made Simple and Scalable
Learn how automated security testing can provide a simple and scalable way to protect your web applications.