FTC Sending Out Refunds in Cramming Case
The Federal Trade Commission is sending out 22,671 refund checks to people who lost money to a mobile cramming operation that placed tens of millions of dollars in charges on their mobile phone bills without their permission. The defendants sent text messages containing celebrity gossip alerts, horoscopes, or fun facts to consumers, but according to the FTC, defendants never got permission for the monthly subscription fees they charged.
This is the third round of refunds issued as part of the FTC's crackdown on mobile cramming. The latest round of refunds, totaling $2,107,156.24, comes from assets recovered as part of a settlement with Tatto, Inc. The average check amount is $92.95.
Recipients should deposit or cash checks within 60 days, as indicated on the check. The FTC never requires people to pay money or provide account information to cash a refund check.
If recipients have questions about the refunds, they should contact the FTC's refund administrator, at 888-457-2202.