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Cell Phone Scam Affects 20 Million Every Year

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If you've ever opened your cell phone to spam texts and thought nothing of it, you may want to check your bill next time. It's a practice called "cramming," when a third party company puts unathorized charges on a bill.

A quick Google search for "spam text messages" literally get hundreds of results. It can happen with a landline, but cell phones are targets too.

The FCC estimates nearly 20 million people each year are "crammed" and less than 1 percent ever realize what's going on.

One AT&T customer 6 News spoke with paid about $20 a month for something she never signed up for. Bullroare, Bune-US and M-Blox are the companies listed next to the charges on the bill. When we reached out to them, we got an off-shore rep who agreed to "blacklist" the number. But we wanted to know, how did they get it in the first place?

Turns out Bullroare and Bune own multiple websites where crammers can sign a cell phone up for messages. That's when the fees start rolling in, and in this case, $9.99 a month for three random text messages a week.

 

There are steps you can take to stop cramming:

  1. Always read your bill. Have your provider remove any extra charges.
  2. Ask your provider if they offer third party text message blockers. If they do, sign up. If they don't, try texting "stop" to the number that texted you.
  3. You can also file a complaint with the FCC.
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