Avoid unseen charges on your cell bill


Criminals may have added charges to your cell phone bill  and you never noticed. How these hidden charges can add up, and how you can avoid them.

If you’re a customer of Sprint, Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, any of the big 4 over the years, you may very well have had phony charges show up on your cellphone bill. They are what are known as crams.

These charges were posted by (usually) criminal elements who would pay a commission money to the cellphone company  — usually a third of the money collected  — to just look the other way and post it on your bill.

Most people didn’t even notice with how many pages a cellphone bill is and just paid that money. Well now all 4 cellphone companies are having to pay the money back that was taken from you that never should have been in the first place.

But now I need to warn you that inside apps can lurk phony charges. You need to be very aware that when you download an app to your phone. It may in turn cause some kind of creepy fees to show up. So it’s even more important than it ever was if you have a smart phone to check your bill every month, line item by line item, to make sure nobody is running off with your hard earned money. I’m Clark Howard.

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