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.