FTC returns over $2.9 million to Inc21 cramming victims

government actionYour cellphone bill is probably expensive enough without companies sticking unwanted charges on it without your consent–a practices known as cramming.

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently announced it is mailing out a second round of payments totaling more than $2.9 million to victims of the Inc21 cramming scheme shut down by the FTC in 2010.

According to the FTC, Internet services company Inc21 had third-party billing aggregators place charges on phone bills. Victims in most cases either had not been contacted, were deceived about why they were contacted or were denied the services for which they were billed.

Consumers who receive the checks from the FTC’s refund administrator should deposit or cash them within 60 days of the mailing date. No consumers will be required to pay money or provide information to the FTC before refund checks can be cashed. Refunds will average approximately $51, but will vary based on how much money was lost.

Checks will be mailed by Epiq Systems, Inc. Consumers who receive checks and have questions about the redress can contact Epiq Systems directly at 1-866-328-1992. More information about the FTC’s refund program is available on the FTC’s website.