Non-profit group gets $27,000 phone bill

SHALLOTTE, NC (WECT) - A local non-profit organization in Brunswick County appears to have fallen victim to a phone hacking scam.

Smart Start of Brunswick County filed a police report with Shallotte authorities after receiving a bill for nearly $27,000 for international phone calls.

The director, Linda Gironda, tells it's the biggest bill the agency has ever received and they were shocked by the incident.

The Federal Communications Commission is investigating.

According to the FCC's website, this scam can happen if businesses don't change the default password on voice mailboxes.

A hacker can call into the system and target voice mailboxes that use the default passwords active or have passwords with easily-guessed combinations, like 1-2-3-4. The hacker uses the password to access the phone system to make international calls.

For ways you can protect yourself, follow this link.

Gironda says workers have changed their passwords and the agency has taken additional precautions to make sure it is not targeted again.

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