Phone Lines Crash After… Pink Calls

Phone Lines Crash After… Pink Calls


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Police have launched an investigation into an apparent run on a sex phone hotline in the small Austrian town of Unken. Although almost all residents received bills from the hotline, they all denied having using it. A dpa report said recipients included mothers with small children and even elderly widows. Thirty-seven of the 47 households with phones in the Unken district of Reith got bills ranging from 100 Euro to nearly 250 Euro.
“In some of the families there was discussion and argument about the high bills,” one of the residents noted, quoted by the Salzburger Nachrichten newspaper. Franz Kolb, who received a 113 Euro bill for 31 minutes to the hotline, said the families finally got together and lodged a joint complaint to the phone companies. Police called in suspected “technical manipulation,” saying it was likely the culprits cut in on phone lines of unwitting users to make their sordid calls. The police said one suspicious circumstance was that all 37 victims had fixed phones, while the other 10 had ISDN connections, which could not be infiltrated. Media reports say the affair is spreading, as there are a possible 100 victims in Hinterthal at the well-known Maria Alm tourist resort.(665)

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