In my latest column at Get Rich Slowly, I reveal my latest bonehead move — one that cost me money.
“Crammed! A shocking utility tale” details my personal run-in with a deceptive phone-billing practice. Short form: It’s up to you, not your cell-phone carrier, to make sure you aren’t paying for service you didn’t order.
Shady companies known as “crammers” are bilking an estimated 20 million Americans by tricking them into signing up for services — or, sometimes, by just getting hold of the number and sneaking bogus charges onto your phone bill.
Yep, I got crammed. Worse: I didn’t notice. Or, rather, I did eventually notice but didn’t do anything about it right away.
Read all the sordid details at the link above. Have a joke at my expense, if you must. But be sure to check your own bill carefully after reading about the kinds of things these crammer scammers do.
In other news:
If you’re here today because you saw “Lactobacillus love: Is it wrong?” at Moneytalks News — welcome! My work will be running there every Tuesday.
Finally: Bobbysgirl was the winner of the All You and Woman’s Day magazine subscriptions. Congratulations, and once you respond to my e-mail I’ll get the paperwork rolling. This week’s giveaway may be a book. Or it may be something else. I’m just vague like that.