E veryone has heard about people tapping in to power lines for some free juice
but there's a new scam in town that is a bit more high tech and will cost you an
arm and a leg if you don't watch out.
The Gecko ran into one irate,
ticked off and fed up businessman who found more than $1,500 worth of
unaccounted for international phone calls on his latest monthly bill. After some
checking around town with the telephone wizards, he learned that "Yes" it was
possible with the right gizmo to clip onto anyone's phone line and dial away for
free to points around the globe.
Apparently, the only recourse is to
make a visit to Mr. An Lam Phu down at the PTT and request a three or four digit
"pin number" which you then
have to keep secret and need to use each time you
want to access your own IDD line.
So, if the next time you lift up your
receiver you hear a conversation between someone in Phnom Penh and Timbuktu you
may want to make a quick trip down to the phone company and have a word with Lam
Phu. In fact, you'd better get there soon before the lines start forming around
Speaking of phone systems, the UNTAC microwave setup that they
behind and was supposed to form the basis of a new national grid may
need a bit of an overhaul before it can be used again. Some technicians checking
on the antenna in Siem Reap found that the only piece of equipment left was the
tower itself. All the relay boxes, switches, copper wiring and even the
microwave shed had been liberated to points unknown.
One businessman in
town was recently informed by a visiting delegation of policemen that, according
to the law, all enterprises were required to own guns. The entrepreneur, a bit
puzzled, was expecting a catch and thought that maybe the constables were going
to offer him some hardware for sale. Not so. The officers were, it seems, simply
doing their job and left politely after passing on the information.