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Complaint Review: Premier Premium Communications

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  • Submitted: Thu, December 09, 2004
  • Updated: Thu, December 09, 2004

  • Reported By:richmond California
Premier Premium Communications
PO Box 155579 Fort Worth TX 76155-5579 Fort Worth, Texas U.S.A.

Premier Premium Communications - USBI Telliss Communications Another Monstrous Adult Website Fraud! Rip-off! Fort Worth Texas

*Consumer Suggestion: It's the modem dialer con! Everything they do is fraudulent!

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Four days ago, I received a letter/statement from Premier Premium Communications stating I have to pay a total of $125.00 for an international call made to UK England with telephone no. +442073358468 for 25 mins. I was shocked and tried to call them but the phone was always busy.

In the envelope, there was a blue sheet of paper saying that I incurred these charges because of a connection to a website in which they have no connection to, they were simply a billing company on behalf of the said website. Also stated that portion of the charges will be billed to my phone bill, so I didn't waste any time and printed a copy of my bill online from SBC, freaking out to see 3 more international calls made to England with the SAME number printed on the PPC statement.

I called USBI(name of the long distance company-also TELLIS)and disputed the amount. They were insisting that I made those calls therefore I have to pay. I told them it was impossible because, first, there were no people in the house during the hours given and we have nobody to call in England. They eventually agreed to remove the charges but never gave any more confirmation or anything when I asked for it. Now, that I have read all of the complaints both for USBI and PPC, I just found out that they both work together to perform such malicious fraud.

Then I tried to go to PPC website and filed a complaint. Now, this is something that you guys with the same problem should take note. The moment I hit submit, few seconds after, I checked my email and found 2 emails from them right away! First was a confirmation email, 1 second after was the LONG email describing what their company does and even gave website samples or links to go to for me to check about a 900 number or something and what's really absurd was, there was a sentence there that says...'You have specifically asked about what website was accessed, it was 'Live Web Cams'...I NEVER ASKED FOR THE WEBSITE WHEN I SENT MY COMPLAINT.

It now just dawned on me that what they sent was an automated reply. Also, if you will try to reveal all the information on your incoming emails which I have in mine...try to see the REPLY PATH TO: it says nobody@nationalone.com. Obviously, I believe that whatever we reply to them won't reach them because it's really a hoax altogether. They just happen to keep track of the complainant's email arrivals to them so they have a corresponding automated reply ready. Even the name of whoever sent the email is not complete, it's always GEORGE, Premier Premium Communications. I tried to reply to him but no answer until this time.

Maria cecilia
richmond, California
U.S.A.

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#1 Consumer Suggestion

It's the modem dialer con! Everything they do is fraudulent!

AUTHOR: Paul - (U.S.A.)

It's those idiots at Premier Premium Communications again! They're running the tired, old modem dialer con along with the fake billing scam. Both of them are designed to get their hands on your money!

These frauds started out as National One Telecom in the beginning of the year. They scammed millions of people all across the country. But, this site put some heat on them. So, now they call themselves Premier Premium Communications. But, it's the same idiots. Running the same tired old modem dialer con. Same crap, different name. Still ripping off America! Don't these losers suck?

The modem dialer con first started back in the 90's. The Federal Trade Commission put two porn fairies, the Botto brothers, out of business for using it. Since then, the porn freaks have continued to use this same method to trick people into visiting their loser sites. The FTC reports it was one of the top 10 frauds of 2002.

Here's how it works. While you're on the internet, unknown to you, a program comes over the connection. Usually, a series of pop-ups will occur. Then, the computer won't respond anymore.

The program hijacks your modem, replacing the normal dialer. First, it mutes the speaker, so you can't hear when it dials out. Then, it starts dialing to 44-207-335-84, a number located in the United Kingdom. The program waits until nobody is using the computer before it dials. The numbers that are called all have something to do with porn.

No unprotected computer is safe from this attack. It doesn't matter if you have cable or DSL. In fact, you don't need any modem or phone line at all. Your computer doesn't even have to be turned on! Once they have your information, Premier Premium will simply make a fake bill!

They use white page directories to find your name and address. Much of the information is old and outdated. Some victims report getting bills for numbers that have been disconnected long ago.

Next, you will start receiving the bills. First, you will get a real bill from your phone company. You will be charged $1.99 per minute for the international long distance calls. Then, you will get a fake bill from Premier Premium for another $5 per minute. Depending on the length of the calls, this could add up to hundreds of dollars!

You will need to call your phone company and have the charges removed. Some phone companies will remove all charges for calls made by dialers. Others want payment, but at a reduced price, up to 85% off. After all, your computer did make the calls, even if you had no idea it was doing it. The phone company doesn't want to take the loss for something your computer did. If you don't pay, they'll get stuck with the bill.

When you call the phone company, remember to remain calm and friendly if you want them to help you. Most companies will try to assist the victims any way they can.

Your phone company has only one way to prevent this. A block on your line won't work, because the fraud uses 10-10 dialarounds to bypass that. A toll-restriction would stop it, but then you couldn't make any long distance calls. Most people aren't willing to do that.

As for Premier, you can save their bill as evidence of fraud. You may need to send it in after you file your complaints to the feds. Do NOT try to pay it or contact the losers!

Premier will not talk to you on the phone. They ignore messages left on their voice mail. They direct you to a phony web site. They send you one email telling you to pay up. They also tell you that the bill will be turned over to a collection agency.

Don't worry about Premier at all. Don't waste your time trying to call or email them. They made up their own fake collection agency, Collection Express. They don't have your social security number. And, because it's a total fraud, they won't be reporting anything. They just try to scare you into paying the fake bill. Don't even think about it!

You do need to start reporting this fraud to the federal agencies. Remember, the frauds have your phone number. Next month, there will be more calls on your phone bill. You need to put a stop to this, once and for all.

These are the actual complaint form pages. You will need to fill in all your information to file your complaint. Fill in your information accurately. Check your spelling. If you are having trouble, try filing by phone instead. Copy the IP address and paste it into the address bar, then hit enter.

National Fraud Information Center
http://68.166.162.20/repoform.htm

Federal Trade Commission Bureau of Consumer Protection
https://rn.ftc.gov/pls/dod/wsolcq$.startup?Z_ORG_CODE=PU01

FBI Internet Fraud Complaint Center
https://www.ifccfbi.gov/complaint/cf2.asp

econsumer.gov
https://www.econsumer.gov/pls/econsumer/wimsnery2$com.main?p_lang_seq=1

US Postal Inspection Service
www.usps.com/postalinspectors/fraud/MailFraudComplaint.htm

Public Utilities Commission
each state is different-address below is California
www.cpuc.ca.gov/static/forms/complaint.htm

Federal Communications Commission
http://svartifoss2.fcc.gov/cib/fcc475.cfm

California Attorney General
each state is different-address below is California
http://ag.ca.gov/consumers/mailform.htm

Better Business Bureau
http://www.dallas.bbb.org/complaint_form.html Dallas
http://www.bbbnh.org/complaint_form.html New Hampshire

Linkscan: tons of information and more sites to file complaints
www.elsop.com/wrc/complain.htm

Feel free to use pages from this site as needed. In addition, I recommend you call your city newspaper and make them aware of the problem. This fraud relies on people being unaware and uninformed. When everyone fights instead of pays, the money will stop coming in to the fraud. Currently, the fraud is using these names and addresses:

1-Premier Premium Communications
2-National One Telecom
3-One Web Direct Bill
4-Collection Express
5-Enhanced Services Billing Inc/ESBI and USBI
6-Tellsys
7-One Call Com
8-Candid Publishing
9-Intercosmos Media Group or directNIC
10-Money Management International
11.Steve Griffin
12.Michael Walczak
13.Terry M. Blaney
14.Suzanne Hanse
15.Alex Lymar

PO Box 10007-Bedford, NH
PO Box 612929-Dallas, TX
PO Box 130959-Dallas, TX
PO Box 612608-Dallas, TX

All of these names are in some way connected to this fraud. Many are involved in setting it up. Some help with the fake billing. Other names are the actual fraud companies themselves. The people running this scam are all connected in some way to the porn industry. They do not have a background in telecommunications. Instead, their prior businesses were phone sex lines and internet pornography. Naturally, they failed in those businesses, because they have no real skills. The only hope they have now is this modem fraud scam. They are desperate for your money!

If you have already paid, or know someone that has, file the complaints and hope for a refund. If you used a credit card, check this site for the information that explains how to get a refund through your bank.

These frauds count on you to pay quietly. They'll try to bleed you dry, if you let them. Be sure to file a complaint on EVERY site above. Remember, it's up to you to put a stop to this. They are counting on your fear and ignorance in this situation. Instead, show them they're wrong. Dead wrong!

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