thanks for your help here Ron Jerry A ----- Original Message ----- From: "Ron Allen" <chizotz@xxxxxxxxxxx> To: <24hoursupport@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> Sent: Sunday, February 16, 2003 3:23 PM Subject: [24hoursupport] Re: Hackers? > > > Hello Jerry, > > >put the charges on dispute and gave me 30 days to get it resolved. If I > >don't get it resolved and don't pay it - Sprint says they would turn my > >phone off. > > What a familiar story this is! Virtually the same things happened to me= > several years ago. > > If this long distance carrier changed your service to them without your= > permission, that is known as "slamming" and is illegal. The charges on= > your bill for porn (or gambling, or psychic advice, or any number of other= > scams) is also a common tactic used by thieves who use the telephone= > companies as their collection thugs. They make the charge for something= > they know you will not want to be associated with in the hope that you'll= > quietly pay the bill and move on. > > The key to this is to not give up. First off, contact the FCC. Their web= > site is http://www.fcc.gov but I suggest you call or write snail mail as= > well as sending email (or do all three). I would also suggest contacting= > your state attorney general, and your state should also have a regulatory= > commission that oversees telecommunication fraud problems. I found mine to= > be very helpful indeed when I was the target of slime. You should tell all= > of these agencies not only about the original fraud perpetrated on you,= > but also the strong-arm tactics used by your telephone company which is= > just as wrong and possibly just as illegal. Whatever you do, though, do= > not pay the bill if you do not legitimately owe it! Once you pay, you'll= > never, ever get it back and every success the slammers and these other= > scum, including the telephone companies, get just makes them that more= > determined to continue their slimy practices. Also, if you pay it is as if= > you are admitting the charge is legitimate and you'll likely find that the= > charges will continue to appear until you stand up and say "no more!" > > I'm not a lawyer and this is not legal advice, but I have been there and I= > know you can prevail if you are willing to not back down. > > Good luck, > > Ron For a web-based membership management utility and information on list policies, please see http://nibec.com/24hoursupport/ To unsubscribe, send a blank email to 24hoursupport-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with "unsubscribe" (without quotes) in the subject.