Cramming and Slamming
"Cramming" is not only a term used for those long, sleepless nights of study before a test. It is also a scam that occurs when charges for unordered and unwanted services such as voice mail and 800 numbers show up on a consumers phone bill. Cramming is an updated version of "slamming," which occurs when a consumers long-distance service is switched without the consumers knowledge or consent.
To help consumers avoid or correct unwanted phone service charges, the Missouri Attorney General gives these tips:
- Always read your phone bill carefully.
- Avoid entering contests that require you to put your signature on the entry form.
- If you receive a telemarketing solicitation for phone service, listen carefully to any instructions at the beginning of the call, and use discretion when answering "yes" to anything.
- Use discretion when dealing with any phone service. Dont be a victim.
Source: March 4, 1998 News Release from Missouri Attorney General Jeremiah W. (Jay) Nixon
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