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NY AG Urges Stronger Anti-"Cramming" Phone Rules


Albany, NY – New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is urging federal regulators to adopt stronger regulations against fraudulent phone bill charges. WAMC's Tristan O'Neill reports...

Schneiderman is concerned about the practice known as cramming, in which unauthorized charges are added to phone bills by entities other than the phone company. Many phone users are unaware that they are exposed to the fraudulent billing practices.

Schneiderman and 16 other state attorneys general asked the Federal Communications Commission to ban cramming.

Rules currently under consideration by the FCC would be limited to landlines and would rely on better phone bill disclosures. The attorneys general argue that the proposed rules are not strong enough.

Tristan O'Neill, WAMC News.

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