Ringtonetimes.com - Fraudulent enrollment in subscription serviceRingtonetimes.com is a fraud - be careful!
On September 13, I followed the instructions to receive a free ringtone from ringtonetimes.com. It was not clear that I would be enrolled in a monthly subscription service.
I then started receiving a new text message every five minutes from 717-69, including:
- "Sorry, ur handset does not support downloadable contents. U will rcv combo club @$19.99 monthly"
- "What happens when frogs park illegally? They get toad."
- "UR subscribed 2 combo club. PIN:0684 for ringtonetimes.com. 31credits billed. $19.99 monthly. 4help1877-225-1198. cxl stop DH"
Following the instructions on the site, I sent a "Stop" text message to 717-69, to which I received the following reply:
- "Sorry, u r not a subscriber to any of Ringtone Times's services."
So that I would stop receiving unsolicited text messages, I blocked ringtonetimes.com using the Verizon Wireless text message site.
I just looked at my latest Verizon Wireless bill, and I have been charged $19.95. I called Verizon, and they seemed unable to do anything about the charge. I also sent Verizon an email, detailing the entire incident, telling them that ringtonetimes.com is a fraud, and that Verizon needs to have a higher barrier against third parties' charges.