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Traditionally a phone number was a pretty static thing, we’re just not use to phone numbers being as disposable as email addresses, and I think that has to change for a lot of us." Beck added, "I suspect we’ll see a new service offering going forward, services that identify burner number pools and providers that are used for burner numbers." Until then, it's caller -- and receiver -- beware when it comes to burner numbers.Premium-rate telephone numbers are telephone numbers for telephone calls during which certain services are provided, and for which prices higher than normal are charged.A security researcher got an eyeful of a sex worker's client base when he investigated a Vo IP service whose "burner" phone numbers are being recycled.Neohapsis Labs Senior Security Consultant Rob Beck was on an engagement that had him checking out the "burner" feature of a VOIP company.
Burner numbers are a particularly smart privacy safeguard for women who want to try out online dating.In many European countries, for example France, Germany and the United Kingdom, it was common for organisations to operate customer service lines on premium-rate numbers using prefixes that fall outside the scope of the country's premium-rate number regulations.Therefore, in contrast to North America where customer service numbers are typically free of charge to the caller, consumers in Europe often used to pay a premium above the cost of a normal telephone call.The EU Consumer Rights Directive 2011/EU/83 came into force on 13 June 2014. Implementation detail, and hence the level of success in achieving this aim, varies considerably from country to country.Computer criminals have used premium-rate numbers to defraud unsuspecting Internet users.