Verizon and Sprint subscribers take notice: If you’re reading this before midnight December 31st 2015 it’s not too late to get a piece of that $158 million “cramming” settlement that was announced in May.
Why you may have some money waiting for you.
Verzon Wireless and Sprint were found to be
pushing cramming unsolicited third party services and charges to customer’s bills. Translated – they were sending stuff to your devices that you never asked or signed up for that had charges attached to them.
Here is the 411 on the settlement courtesy of ABC News.
According to the settlement, Verizon had included charges for third-party premium short message services (PSMS) on its customers’ telephone bills until at least January 2014. These charges included services such as monthly subscriptions for ringtones, wallpapers and text messages providing horoscopes, flirting tips, celebrity gossip and other information. The charges ranged from $0.99 to $14, but the average charge was $9.99 per month. Verizon received 30 percent or more of each PSMS charge that it billed, according to the FCC.
The CFPB sued Sprint for billing its wireless customers for unauthorized third-party charges between 2004 and December 2013. According to the complaint, Sprint “charged its customers by creating a billing and payment-processing system that gave third parties virtually unfettered access to its customers’ accounts” and Sprint “automatically enrolled its customers in its third-party billing system without their knowledge.” Sprint retained 40 percent of the gross revenue, or hundreds of millions of dollars, it collected for third-party charges, the CFPB said.
The CFPB accused both companies of failing “to track customer complaints about unauthorized charges” and failing “to provide full and prompt remediation to consumers subjected to these charges.”
If you’re eligible for some moolah here is how you claim it.
Don’t blow this off. Some of you may have some serious beer money coming your way.