BTs Modem Protection Programme
BT has announced new measures to protect consumers from rogue dialler scams over the internet. Rogue diallers are programmes which hijack modems and dial up a premium rate number when a user logs on. They operate without the users knowledge and have resulted in phone bills of up to £2,000.
The initiatives launched by BT to combat the problem include:
u BTs Modem Protection programme. This software, available to download for free, will check numbers that are dialled by a computer and will block them if they have not been pre approved.
u An early warning system which will alert BT customers if there is unusual activity on their phone bills.
These initiatives have been available to BT customers since May.