Nevada Real Estate >> Las Vegas Real Estate Specialist: Have you Been "Slammed" on Your Cell Bill? Grass Roots Action Required to Stop Con Artists!

Have you Been "Slammed" on Your Cell Bill? Grass Roots Action Required to Stop Con Artists!

Remember the days of long distance "slamming".  A long distance company would call you and switch your service to their expensive service?

Well, the crooks have gotten creative.  Now they are slamming our cell bills with data services that we NEVER signed up for. 

What to watch out for:

Odd & unsolicited text/data messages.  That is your first telltale sign that you have been "slammed".  If you are receiving those messages here is the action plan:

  • Check your next cell bill very CAREFULLY, they bury the charges.  We have four phones with a bill never less than 30 pages.  You have to look line by line.  Sometimes they won't start billing you for two or three months so check it carefully EVERY MONTH.
  • Text the word "stop" back when you receive those text messages
  • Raise cain with your cell phone provider.  They will non-chalantly proclaim that the services are billed by a third party and they cannot do anything about it.  They can and did when I threatened to take my $200/month 6 year business away and switch to another provider.
  • They will give you the information and tell you to "google" the 3rd party.  Do so but odds are you will run into NO addresses and a long distance number that just has a menu that loops into nothing
  • File a complaint with your state's attorney general's office.  This takes time but it is important to STOP these people NOW!
  • File a complaint with the FTC.  Again:  this takes time but the more people who file complaints, the louder our voices are to get this stopped. 

I have been slammed TWICE this year on two different phone lines.  We need to take action and stop the insanity of cell phone providers providing a gateway to con artists.  The first time it was on my daughter's line and they (my phone provider - CINGULAR) said she subscribed to something when she swore up and down she didn't.  This time it is on my phone and I KNOW that I did not subscribe to ANYTHING.

 


Thanks,  Renée Burrows 702-580-1783 Broker/Owner, REALTOR®
 

 

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Comment balloon 13 commentsRenée Donohue~Home Photography • December 25 2006 02:20PM

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Unbelievable. I hadn't heard of this with cell phones.   
Posted by Chris Griffith, Bonita Springs Listing Agent (Downing-Frye Realty, Bonita Springs, FL) about 13 years ago
Thanks for letting us know Renee.  I usually only give a glance to my cell bill and not check it carefully.  I'll watch it from now on!
Posted by Chris Tesch, College Station, Texas Real Estate (RE/MAX Bryan-College Station) about 13 years ago

Renee....  where is the family?  Your guests? It's the afternoon.....  Are you hiding?  lol

Anyhow.. thanks for the reminder here. I haven't had a problem. Besides, I pay $9.99 a month for unlimited....  who was the carrier in regards to this one. It's not slander, but just letting us be aware of what companies.  thanks

Posted by Jeff Belonger, The FHA Expert - FHA Loans - FHA mortgages - USDA loans - VA Loans ( Social Media - Infinity Home Mortgage Company, Inc) about 13 years ago
Thanks Renee.  I also only look at my bill quickly like Chris, but now that you are making me aware of this I am going to pull out my bills for that last few months and see if anything looks unusual on them.
Posted by George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert (George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages) about 13 years ago

The guests came in at 7 PM and everyone is tired and settling in for sleep right now.  I am stealing a moment with my laptop :)

The carrier is cingular!

Posted by Renée Donohue~Home Photography, Western Michigan Real Estate Photographer (Savvy Home Pix) about 13 years ago

several agents have had this happen to them in our company... as with Jeff, I personally pay for unlimited data, and use my Treo to send/receive email, text messages, etc.

Hope you had a fantastic Holiday, and a Happy New Year to you and yours. 

Posted by Paul Silver, Rhode Island full service real estate firm about 13 years ago
Paul:  Let me clarify.  What the Data they are sending is subscription data.  The company sends you the data and then charges you for it.  I have never, nor did my daughter, subscribe to the data they were sending!  I pay for unlimited data myself!
Posted by Renée Donohue~Home Photography, Western Michigan Real Estate Photographer (Savvy Home Pix) about 13 years ago
okie dokie....  simmer down...  ;o)    Family still around?
Posted by Jeff Belonger, The FHA Expert - FHA Loans - FHA mortgages - USDA loans - VA Loans ( Social Media - Infinity Home Mortgage Company, Inc) about 13 years ago

I am simmah'd down! :)

They will be for the next week!

Posted by Renée Donohue~Home Photography, Western Michigan Real Estate Photographer (Savvy Home Pix) about 13 years ago
Great post Renee...thanks for giving us the information to follow up on!
Posted by GA-agent.com Georgia Real Estate Directory (GA-agent.com) about 13 years ago

martiniRenee....  will this help, even though it's before noon?   ;o)

So...a whole week...  maybe I will need to send you a box of these...  ;o) 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Posted by Jeff Belonger, The FHA Expert - FHA Loans - FHA mortgages - USDA loans - VA Loans ( Social Media - Infinity Home Mortgage Company, Inc) about 13 years ago

GRACIAS JEFF!  Thank you for thinking about me and following up.  I have a minute to myself and am trying to catch up here but it ain't workin!

Posted by Renée Donohue~Home Photography, Western Michigan Real Estate Photographer (Savvy Home Pix) about 13 years ago
no problamo
Posted by Jeff Belonger, The FHA Expert - FHA Loans - FHA mortgages - USDA loans - VA Loans ( Social Media - Infinity Home Mortgage Company, Inc) about 13 years ago

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