Card Sharks

Fraud on the phone

With one son living in France and another in the Philippines, Jane Landenberger is used to making long-distance phone calls. She was wholly unprepared, however, for her latest bill. So large that it arrived by United Parcel Service truck, the 2,578-page statement listed some 17,000 U.S. and international calls and totaled $109,504.86.

The 56-year-old Bedford, N.Y., woman was a victim of an increasingly common scam: telephone credit card fraud. Last week such cases seemed to grow larger and more outlandish by the day. Philip Rubin, 71, of Boca Raton, Fla.,...

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