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jgrecoconstr
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Just in case anyone here has kids or you yourself access the web on your cell. There is a scam that we found on our cell bill. My son was sent a text message he didn't open. if you don't open the message and reply that your not interested then they charge you $9.99. I don't see how any of this is legal. We got the credit on our acount and a block on their phones that is supposed to filter these out but not 100%.
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Legal or not, if they hit 10,000 (they probably hit that many times ten or twenty each day) people a day and only 98% of them open and check it out, then stop it, that's about $2000 a day they collect, unless the credit card companies do something about it.

I had a bogus charge hit my credit card recently. it took months and lots of effort and dozens of letters and forms filled out to get back my $39.95. It was finally traced to a Swiss bank acting on behalf of some third world African bank and getting any information out of a Swiss bank is darned near impossible. I spent more value in time than that the $39.95 and I suspect that is what a lot of people wouldn't do.

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quote:
Originally posted by jgrecoconstr:
Just in case anyone here has kids or you yourself access the web on your cell. There is a scam that we found on our cell bill. My son was sent a text message he didn't open. if you don't open the message and reply that your not interested then they charge you $9.99. I don't see how any of this is legal. We got the credit on our acount and a block on their phones that is supposed to filter these out but not 100%.

was this scam perpetrated by the cell phone company?


(thats' a rhetorical question)

call your cell phone company and tell them they are either being used by scammmers, or participating actively in a scam...

suggest that the State Attorney General should be notified...

then call your state attorney general's office anyway..

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No it's a third party that in turn bills the cell company, I'm sure they mark it up though. I will do the attornet general thing....... maybe I can find an email address for that. Thanks for the idea.
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If you live where your local newspaper has an advocate for the public, you might want to alert that person, so it could be made public in the paper.
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New York
State Offices

Bureau of Consumer Frauds and Protection
Office of the Attorney General
State Capitol
Albany, NY 12224
518-474-5481
Toll free: 1-800-771-7755 (NY)
TTY: 1-800-788-9898 (Toll free)
Fax: 518-474-3618
www.oag.state.ny.us

New York State Consumer Protection Board
5 Empire State Plaza, Suite 2101
Albany, NY 12223-1556
518-474-8583 (Capitol Region)
Toll free: 1-800-697-1220
Fax: 518-474-2474
E-mail: webmaster*consumer.state.ny.us
www.nysconsumer.gov

Consumer Frauds and Protection Bureau
Office of the Attorney General
120 Broadway, 3rd Fl.
New York, NY 10271
212-416-8300
Toll free: 1-800-771-7755 (Hotline)
TTY: 1-800-788-9898 (Toll free) or 212-416-8893
Fax: 212-416-6003
www.oag.state.ny.us
Regional Offices

Binghamton Regional Office
Office of the Attorney General
State Office Building, 17th Floor
44 Hawley St.
Binghamton, NY 13901-4433
607-721-8771
Fax: 607-721-8789
www.oag.state.ny.us

Brooklyn Regional Office
Office of the Attorney General
55 Hanson Place, Room 732
Brooklyn, NY 11217
718-722-3949
Toll free: 1-800-771-7755 (Consumer Helpline)
TTY: 1-800-788-9898 (Toll free)
www.oag.state.ny.us

Buffalo Regional Office
Office of the Attorney General
Main Place Tower
350 Main Street, Suite 300A
Buffalo, NY 14202
716-853-8400
Fax: 716-853-8571
www.oag.state.ny.us

Hauppauge Regional Office
Office of the Attorney General
300 Motor Pkwy., Suite 205
Hauppauge, NY 11788-5127
631-231-2400
home.oag.state.ny.us/tour/suffolk.html, Suffolk regional office

Mineola Regional Office
Office of the Attorney General
200 Old Country Rd.
New York, NY 11501
516-248-3302
Toll free: 1-800-771-7755 (Consumer Helpline)
TTY: 1-800-788-9898
Fax: 516-747-6432
www.oag.state.ny.us

Harlem Regional Office
Office of the Attorney General
163 West 125th St.
New York, NY 10027-8201
212-961-4475
Toll free: 1-800-771-7755 (Consumer Helpline)
Fax: 212-961-4003
www.oag.state.ny.us

Plattsburgh Regional Office
Office of Attorney General
43 Durkee Street, Suite 700
Plattsburgh, NY 12901
518-562-3282
Fax: 518-562-3294
www.oag.state.ny.us

Rochester Regional Office
Office of the Attorney General
144 Exchange Blvd., Suite 200
Rochester, NY 14614
585-546-7430
TTY: 1-800-788-9898
Fax: 585-546-7514
www.oag.state.ny.us

Syracuse Regional Office
Office of the Attorney General
615 Erie Blvd. West, Suite 102
Syracuse, NY 13204-2465
315-448-4848 (Consumer Fraud)
315-448-4800
Toll free: 1-800-771-7755 (Consumer Hotline)
Fax: 315-448-4851
www.oag.state.ny.us

Utica Regional Office
Office of the Attorney General
207 Genesee St., Room 508
Utica, NY 13501
315-793-2225
Toll free: 1-800-771-7755
Fax: 315-793-2228
home.oag.state.ny.us/tour/utica.html, Utica office of the attorney general

Watertown Regional Office
Office of the Attorney General
Dulles State Office Building
317 Washington Street
Watertown, NY 13601-3744
315-785-2444
www.oag.state.ny.us

Westchester Regional Office
Office of the Attorney General
101 East Post Rd.
White Plains, NY 10601-5008
914-422-8755
Toll free: 1-800-771-7755 (Consumer Helpline)
Fax: 914-422-8706
www.oag.state.ny.us
County Offices

Department of Consumer Affairs/Weights & Measures
112 State St., Room 720
Albany, NY 12207
518-447-7581
Fax: 518-487-5048
E-mail: consumer_complaints*albanycounty.com
www.albanycounty.com

Consumer Fraud Bureau
Erie County District Attorney's Office
Main PlaceTower
350 Main Street, Suite 300A
Buffalo, NY 14202
716-853-8404 (Consumer Fraud)
716-853-8400
Toll free: 1-800-771-7755 (NY)
Fax: 716-853-8414
www.oag.state.ny.us

Putnam County Department of Consumer Affairs/Weights and Measures
110 Old Route 6 - Bldg 3
Carmel, NY 10512
845-225-2039
Fax: 845-225-3403
www.putnamcountyny.com

Orange County Department of Consumer Affairs and Weights and Measures
99 Main St.
Goshen, NY 10924
845-291-2400
Fax: 845-291-2385
www.co.orange.ny.us

Ulster County District Attorney's Consumer Fraud Bureau
20 Lucas Ave.
Kingston, NY 12401
845-340-3260
Fax: 845-340-3263
www.co.ulster.ny.us

Sullivan Affairs Education Office
Cornell Cooperative Extensions
64 Ferndale Loomis Rd.
Liberty, NY 12754
845-292-6180
Toll free: 1-877-292-5250
Fax: 845-292-2154
www.sullivancce.org

Nassau County Office of Consumer Affairs
200 County Seat Drive
Mineola, NY 11501
516-571-2600
Fax: 516-571-3389
www.nassaucountyny.gov

Rockland County Office of Consumer Protection
18 New Hempstead Road, 6th floor
New City, NY 10956
845-708-7600
Fax: 845-708-7616
www.consumer.state.ny.us

Dutchess County Department of Consumer Affairs
98 Peach Rd.
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
845-486-2949
Fax: 845-486-2947
E-mail: consumeraffairs*co.dutchess.ny.us
www.dutchessny.gov/CountyGov/Departments/ConsumerAffairs/CFindex.htm

Schenectady County Dept. of Consumer Affairs/Bureau of Weights and Measures
64 Kellar Ave.
Schenectady, NY 12306
518-356-7473 (Consumer Affairs)
518-356-6795 (Weights and Measures)
Fax: 518-357-0319
www.schenectadycounty.com

Westchester County District Attorney's Office
Economic Crimes Unit
County Courthouse
111 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
White Plains, NY 10601
914-995-3414
Fax: 914-995-3594
www.da.westchester.ny.us

Westchester County Dept. of Consumer Protection
112 East Post Rd., 4th Floor
White Plains, NY 10601
914-995-2155
Fax: 914-995-3115
E-mail: conpro*westchestergov.com
www.westchestergov.com/consumer

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you da man
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you might say this directly to them, it is true for me:

i used to be along-term ATT shareholder and customer..

one day i had a billing problem.

not the first time by a longshot, only this time? they refused to resolve it.

i became an ex-customer and ex-shareholder within two months.

they collapsed about two years later. the ATT today is not the ATT then.

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Yes, what goes by the name of AT&T now is really Southwestern Bell, which acquired the name when they bought the failed AT&T.
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I've had a few of these over the past month.
I was even charged for a couple I never opened.
One call to my carrier took care of it.
They traced the calls to a number in New Jersey
(why doesn't that surprise me!) and they put a
block on it for same.
No Mas.

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