FCC Addresses Phone and Voicemail ‘Cramming’ Problem

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is considering adjusting regulations for telephone companies in order to prevent a widespread problem: the charging of unauthorized fees, also known as cramming. These charges can relate to anything from long distance fees to voicemail service, to even ordering cosmetics or diet products from third party companies.

Over 20 million phone users are estimated at being victims of cramming each year, receiving bogus charges of anywhere from $1.99 to $19.99. However, it is stated that only 5% of Americans are even aware that they are paying for items and services that they never asked for. This is why it is so important for phone users to pay attention to the itemized listing on their bill, not simply blindly writing a check for the total.

Recently, the FCC level fines against four small telephone companies in the amount of 11.7 million dollars for cramming users with bogus or unauthorized charges. The commission is working to create new rules that would require phone companies to be more forthright and clear regarding what each itemized charge is for, so that each user can see exactly what they are paying for. In the past, some companies have been quite clever in hiding unauthorized charges in wording that the average layperson would not understand. If a customer finds fees for services that were never utilized or requested, such as voicemail or long-distance service, they should call the phone company immediately.

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