Be Aware of Fraud
A "Trojan Horse" program involves the placement of unwanted computer instructions in a program so that the host computer will perform some undesired/unauthorized function. The instructions enter the target system hidden in some other message or program, thus the name Trojan Horse.
There are trojan programs circulating that can get downloaded to a computer without the users' knowledge, much like a virus. Once on the victim's computer, it will enable the program to disconnect the victim's modem and then connect it to a foreign telephone number, resulting in expensive phone charges. Some dialer programs turn off the volume on the victim's computer so victims can't hear the dialing take place.
In order to protect yourself from this threat, internet users must do regular SPYWARE and VIRUS scans of their computer. Another important safeguard to stop future dialer attempts would be a firewall to control incoming/outgoing internet traffic. Also be wary of any unwanted popups directing you to "click on this button" to accept.
If you have been victimized by one of these scams, your computer will have to be checked by a qualified technician in order to have the hidden program removed.
We also recommend that you contact Phonebusters at 1-888-495-8501 to report the occurrence.
PhoneBusters is a national anti-fraud call centre jointly operated by the Ontario Provincial Police and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.