WHO@ Newsletter - February 6, 2012
I couldn't make this up if I tried. . .Family gets $10K Internet bill for watching movies
A Canadian family said they unknowingly racked up a $10,000 bill while using their mobile Internet to watch movies on Netflix while on vacation.
John Gibson of Weyburn, Saskatchewan, said he recently took his family on vacation to Phoenix, where his grandchildren used his SaskTel mobile Internet to watch Netflix movies on a laptop computer, the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. reported Friday.
Gibson said he was shocked when his SaskTel bill arrived and the amount exceeded $10,000. He said he was told the charges resulted from heavy data usage outside of the company's service area, causing roaming charges to accumulate.
Gibson said he spoke to the company and they agreed to reduce the bill to $1,000. He said the experience was a pricy lesson.
"It's sort of my fault," he said. "I'll pay the thousand bucks and -- lesson learned."
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Facebook stalker murdered ex - 02/03/12
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The dark web: Guns and drugs for sale on the internet's secret black market - 02/03/12
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Rainbow Lake man accused of stalking - 02/03/12
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Woman Fights Man She Met Online for Baby - 02/03/12
Kristy Gaffney says she thought she’d found love when she met a man online. Now the Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania woman claims she’s in the battle of her life – fighting for the child they had. “I thought like he was Mr. Perfect, ha, ha,” Gaffney told NBC10 Investigator Harry Hairston. “There’s no words for it. I’m just so angry at him."
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An internet gambling addict plundered almost £400,000 from her company to fritter away online. Suzan Smith, 53, was jailed after the staggering theft which meant the boss of the small business is unable to retire for another five years. Smith, who had been trusted implicitly, admitted stealing £398,651.26 from Graham Wuyts & Co Accountants in Attleborough, near Wymondham, Norfolk.
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Net closes on personalised adverts: Internet users to be protected from 'sinister' tracking devices used for targeted ads - 02/02/12
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Fury at student website for 'condoning rape' - 02/02/12
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A bogus biology teacher forged her qualifications to work as an examiner for an A-level exam board. Julia Rawlinson, 44, duped her bosses by using a computer to forge a degree, doctorate and teaching certificates.
Blundering Met sends email addresses of 1,000 crime victims to strangers - 02/02/12
The Metropolitan Police accidentally shared the email addresses of more than 1,000 victims of crime with others, it emerged today. The mistake occurred when 'human error' led to their details being inserted in the wrong box of an email sent by the Met to distribute a quality control survey. This was sent to 1,136 people in seven batches, meaning the email addresses of those affected were seen by up to 198 people.
Vile Gary Speed internet rumours nailed - 02/01/12
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Grammar school pupils expelled after Facebook smear campaign that they had sex in a store cupboard - 01/31/12
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