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Bell faces “modem hijacking” class action lawsuit over unauthorized long-distance calls

News | 09/01/2004 4:00 am EDT

Modem hijacking scams led victims to file a class action lawsuit against Bell Canada on July 22 in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice asking for damages and reimbursement of all faudulent long distance telephone charges paid by customers. Edith Carriere, a resident of Monetville ON, is the first person named in the lawsuit, having incurred $1,000 of long distance charges on her phone bills earlier this year for calls that she did not make and that were initiated only as a result of modem hijacking. The lawsuit, conducted by class action specialist David Thompson, is now open to anyone who paid Bell Canada for fraudulent long distance telephone charges for calls to foreign locations such as Sao Tome, the Cook Islands, Nauru, Guyana, Guinea-Bissau, Tuvalu and Tokelau.

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