[24hoursupport] Re: Hackers?

  • From: "Jerry" <postcards1@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <24hoursupport@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 17 Feb 2003 06:54:16 -0500

 

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


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