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Chapter 15. Scams > Cramming

Cramming

Cramming is a term with which you may not be familiar outside of the peculiar pastime of the 1950s in which young people tried to see how many of them could fit into a telephone booth. Or maybe you remember the last-minute studying for an exam in school. However, cramming as a fraudulent activity is one that is so sneaky that many people are not even aware that they have been scammed. Cramming is the name for unauthorized charges appearing on your telephone bill. The charges may be a one-time charge or they may be repeated monthly. With telephone bills so complicated to read and understand, many people entirely miss these charges on their bill and just pay them.

A common place from which crammed charges originate is a contest entry form that may appear to be quite innocuous on its face. However, in the fine print of the contest entry form, which is both small and often confusingly written, is a notice that by completing the form, you agree to a telephone calling card or some other service that will be added to your telephone bill. Sometimes you get the service. Sometimes you just get the bill. In both cases, it was nothing you wanted or intended to order.


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