Computer criminals have used premium-rate numbers to defraud unsuspecting Internet users.
One scheme involved inducing users to download a program known as a dialer that surreptitiously dialed a premium-rate number, accumulating charges on the user's phone bill without their knowledge.
Another now-uncommon premium-rate scam involves television programming that induces young children to dial the number, banking on the notion that they will be unaware of the charges that will be incurred.
One variant, targeted at children too young to dial a number, enticed children to hold the phone up to the television set while the DTMF tones of the number were played.
Adult chat lines (phone sex) and tech support are a very common use of premium-rate numbers.
Other services include directory enquiries, weather forecasts, competitions and voting (especially relating to television shows).
I'd rather eat sawdust and drink the water from the toilet. Am sure you would get good money for that and you could do it while the baby sleeps and you watch TV! I would also rather eat sawdust and drink loo water! I don't think I could and if I did I'd probably end up pmsl down the phone! It would only work if you knew a big group of people you could rely on for orders like a playgroup/nursery, family/friends and neighbours. I think the damage to your person in the long run doesn't justify the money you are getting at the moment.
At that time, the intent for area code 900 was as a choke exchange—a code that blocked large numbers of simultaneous callers from jamming up the long distance network.
You get callers who want to do awful things and you have to hang up, you get really rude people saying you're sh*te who hang up in the middle of your conversation... I'm doing it cos we're sknit, but I'm expressing full time and a full time mum and if anyone can think of a different job that earns £9 an hour that I could actually do then let me know!! got to go to IL's now, just wanted to tell the someone who said it was easy money that it isn't!!
you get people pestering for your address and you're not allowed to hang up just dissaude them... But then I couldn't think of anything much to say and my calls lasted about 7 minutes each... Is anyone else who was interested in the chatline thing working yet? God....getting up at 2am to talk dirty to wierdos when you already have to get up for a baby.
While the billing is different, calls are usually routed the same way they are for a toll-free telephone number, being anywhere despite the area code used.
These telephone numbers are usually allocated from a national telephone numbering plan in such a way that they are easily distinguished from other numbers.