FTC returns over $2.9 million to Inc21 cramming victims

Your 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….

FTC alleges T-Mobile let customers get crammed

Last week, the Federal Trade Commission charged cell phone provider T-Mobile with making big bucks from premium text services that in many cases its consumers never authorized–a practice known as cramming. The FTC alleges in its complaint that T-Mobile USA received 35 to 40 percent of the total amount charged for subscriptions for content that typically…

Cramming operation shut down, ordered to pay back $38 million

No one likes spending money on things they never agreed to pay for, or “agreed” through some type of trickery. One of the most frustrating scams out there right now is called “cramming,” where a telemarketer calls businesses and other consumers to “verify information,” takes whatever answer the person gives as a “yes” and adds…

BBB Scam Alert: ‘one ring’ cellphone scam rings up charges

Better Business Bureau (BBB) warns cellphone users about a new scam that can result in unauthorized charges appearing on their monthly wireless statement Consumers in several states report receiving calls on their mobile phones in which an unknown caller hangs up after one ring. When the cell owner returns the call, they are billed $19.95…

FTC cracks down on mobile cramming operation

Paying the cellphone bill is expensive enough without someone tacking on extra charges for services you don’t use and never asked for. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) just announced it is taking action against a mobile cramming operation that billed consumers tens of millions of dollars without permission. The FTC complaint seeks to shut down…

FTC files first mobile cramming case against Georgia company

The Federal Trade Commission filed its first case challenging mobile “cramming” on April 16 against Wise Media, LLC, Brian M. Buckley and Winston J. Deloney. Mobile cramming is a practice where unauthorized charges are added to a person’s cell phone bill. The complaint was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of…

New anti-cramming rules adopted by FCC

The Federal Trade Commission has enacted new rules to help protect consumers from fraudulent charges on their landline phone bills, also known as “cramming.” It can be hard for consumers to detect these charges because they often get described in a way  that makes consumers believe they are charges for services the phone company provides …