Phone Bill Cramming Spikes Again

from the scam-scam-scam-scam dept

MSNBC, which has turned into scam-reporting central lately, is now alerting people to a series of phone bill “cramming” scams that are growing in popularity. Basically, a less-than-trustworthy telecom company calls you up, and gets you to say yes to something benign (listing in a phone book, a free website) and then uses that to say you signed up for their telecom service, which they bill through your regular telephone bill. Telephone companies are supposed to let third parties bill through the phone bill so they can offer additional services to you. The interesting thing here, though, is that all of the various companies seem to use the same billing company, named ILD, that continually shifts the blame by saying “hey, we just handle the billing”.

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