How to Fight Mysterious Phone Fees

July 14, 2011  |  

(ABC News) — Got a landline? Then you might want to review your latest bill for mysterious third-party fees.  One day after the Federal Communications Commission voted to get the public’s opinion on new rules intended to target these unauthorized hidden charges, the Senate Commerce Committee held a hearing on the $2 billion a year practice known as “cramming.”  “It refers to what we call mysterious charges that appear on American phone bills for services that people don’t want and don’t use and didn’t ask for,” committee chairman Sen. John Rockefeller, D-W.Va., said today.  The telephone industry had promised to make changes but when the committee reexamined the issue, it found the problem of third-party billing to be worse. It is now considering an outright ban.

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