Illinois Congress Moves To Block Phone Bill 'Cramming'

Law360, New York (May 30, 2012, 6:33 PM EDT) -- A bill designed to stop scammers from “cramming” extra charges onto consumers' telephone bills passed through the Illinois state legislature with resounding support Wednesday.

House Bill 5211, if ultimately signed into law, will amend the state's consumer protection laws to prevent third-party vendors from hitting phone users with bogus charges.

“For too long, phone companies and scam artists have made millions by ‘cramming’ charges for unwanted and unused services on subscribers’ monthly bills,” Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan said in a statement after the bill passed....
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