Transcript for Invisible Phone Hackers Scamming Thousands on Long Distance Calls
Now we track down a woman today who wants to warn everyone about a new scam. What if you opened your telephone bill and someone had charged you calls costing $600,000. Abc's linzie janis tells us more. Reporter: One day this past march at melissa bream's missouri real estate agency, the phones started going crazy. Her receptionist was overwhelmed. Every time she picked up a line, there wasn't anybody on the line. And after that, she got a pile of huge bills. Her phone company, charter, said she owed $14,000. And from sprint var tech, and at&t, where she doesn't even have accounts. The total bill, over half a million dollars. Usually my phone bill runs $320 a month. Reporter: It turns out, she'd fallen victim to a growing scam that could happen to you. Hackers had managed to steal her number and opened up multiple long-distance accounts. They then made hundreds of calls to international toll numbers or -- those same criminals had set up the numbers in sammalia, guinea, and azerbaijan, and were collecting the profits. They'll make as many phone calls as they can before they get caught. Reporter: The companies acknowledged she'd been hacked, but she asked them to remove the charges. It wasn't that easy. She called dozens of times. Meanwhile, we're sitting here with $500,000 worth of phone bills, which makes you not sleep at night. Reporter: But after being contacted by abc news and a both charter and at&t got back to melissa today saying they would be waiving all charges. A call for celebrationight linzie janis, abc news, new york. Now wen important reality check for american FAMILIES WHO DRIVE COMPACT SUVs.
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