Could you be one of the millions of South African's whose airtime has been stolen by fraudsters?
MyBroadband.co.za has published a worrying report claiming that 'Billions of rand in airtime has been stolen from mobile subscribers' and, worse still, there's nothing they could do to stop it.
The airtime, says MyBroadband, was stolen by rogue wireless application service providers (Wasps), who bill cellular subscribers’ accounts without their permission.
Senior journalist Jan Vermeulen explains:
Wasps are those providers who try to get you to subscribe to a service that charges you R5 a day, R10 a day, whatever it is, for something - wallpaper for your phone, ringtones...— Jan Vermeulen, Senior journalist - MyBroadband.co.za
Vermeulen says in some cases the services being paid for were never even delivered.
So how do these Wasps get our details?
That's a shady business altogether. There's organsations all over South Africa that collect our details and sell it.— Jan Vermeulen, Senior journalist - MyBroadband.co.za
Moreover, it's not possible for subscribers to block these Wasps from billing their accounts.
Of the four main mobile networks in South African, only Telkom Mobile makes it so you can't subscribe to a Wasp by default.— Jan Vermeulen, Senior journalist - MyBroadband.co.za
You can read the full responses by Cell C, Vodacom and MTN here:
Listen to the full interview below: