Lawmakers: Cell phone scam costs consumers billions

Created: 07/30/2014 8:43 AM WHEC.com

Federal lawmakers are expected to report today on a little-known cell phone scam that could be costing you money.

The scam, known as "cramming," is a phone billing practice that charges consumers for extra services on their phones like horoscopes, yoga advice or online shopping. Those charges are so well hidden, most consumers miss them on their monthly bill.

The increase in cell phone use in recent years has promoted a "cramming" boom that state and federal lawmakers are eager to stop.

Lawmakers say close to 20 million consumers are victims of the scam, costing them billions of dollars a year.

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