AT&T has been fined $105 million by the federal government for passing miscellaneous charges such for spam texts and horoscopes on to customers’ bills. The charges usually came in the form of $9.95 recurring monthly fee. Of the fine, $80 million will go to the Federal Trade Commission, which will establish a fund to reimburse customers; $20 Million will go to states; and $5 million will go to the Federal Communications Commission. At&T wireless is not the first company to be accused of cramming. The Federal Trade Commission in July accused T-Mobile of doing the same thing, even after it knew the charges were fraudulent, but T-Mobile responded and called its actions “justified” and said it will fight refunding charges to its customers.
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