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Slamming

Have your long distance charges been higher than expected? Look closely, you may have been switched to another company without your permission or knowledge. Thousands of people have been switched to other carriers which may not provide the same quality services and charge higher rates. You can protect yourself from this type of scam. Always read the fine print on contest and giveaway forms. When you sign for a contest you may be signing permission to switch carriers without realizing it. Read your telephone bill carefully to make sure the carrier named is the one you have chosen. If another company is listed, call your local phone company. Never give information about your telephone account to an unknown caller, even if he claims to be from your phone company.

Source: Talking Dollars Makes Cents, June 98, Patrice Dollar, Consumer Education Specialist, University Outreach and Extension

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