My sister heard about a "coupon rewards" deal on "Good Morning America". Sounded good so she surfs over there, fills out a questionnaire and required a phone number be input before completion. It would not allow her to input her only phone number, a cell phone, so she enters my land line number. Bad idea! She is very sorry this happened and a lesson was learned.
My very recent AT&T bill came in the mail 10/31/08 with this bogus "My Voicemail Network $12.95 monthly charge". I called the 888 number listed as the reference for that charge, waited for 15 minutes on hold until a rep answered and agreed to cancel the charge. She gave me a cancellation number. I asked whether $12.95 would be credited to my account or should I just pay $12.95 less... The rep had no answer and then gave me a fax number to make that request. This is just BS! My immediate problem is that my payments are made automatically vs. a credit card. That is very convenient but will not be conducive to keeping my $12.95 each month. So I went to the AT&T website and changed my profile... Manage Automatic Payments... Stop Automatic Payment. I will write a check for amount due minus $12.95. I may have to End Automatic Payments altogether if the $12.95 shows up in subsequent months. I also have my sister seeking to end the charges from her end, too.
What about the thousands of poor fools who don't comb thru their phone bills like the anal-retentive person I am? I suppose that will make it OK for the crooks to keep their money because they don't protest?
AT&T is party to this fraudulent scam.
"Good Morning America" should also apologize to America and lead the charge to prosecute these criminals.