Sprint faces $105 million fine over fraudulent charges on customers' bills

By Himanshu Arora ยท 12 replies
Dec 17, 2014
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  1. Sprint could be slapped with a hefty fine from the Federal Communications Commission for placing third-party charges on customers' bills without their knowledge or authorization, a practice often referred to as cramming, according to a National Journal report.

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  2. Seventh Reign

    Seventh Reign TS Booster Posts: 131   +65

    This explains like 97% of Comcast's billing.
  3. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TS Evangelist Posts: 2,890   +1,224

    Sprint should agree to pay the FCC 100% of their profits for two years instead of a flat dollar amount.
  4. Nobina

    Nobina TS Evangelist Posts: 1,336   +843

    Fine should be much bigger.
  5. Why a fine? It is theft by deceiet . Put the ceo's in jail for ten years like any other criminal.
  6. Shouldn't the consumers get refunded from the proceeds of the fine? Having Sprint use monies illegally collected to pay the FCC is nothing more than the affected consumers having paid money to the FCC. Something is wrong here.
  7. That's what I was thinking, either it goes back to the affected customers, or the FTC is who benefits from fraudulent charges by applying the fine. Seems like a backwards incentive. I'm glad for the penalties, so that it is known and not accepted. But if it doesn't go to the customers who overpaid it is wrong.
  8. Nima304

    Nima304 TS Guru Posts: 365   +81

    I agree. Not only should they pay the fine and the people responsible possibly face jail time, but all affected customers should get a nice check in the mail for the exact amount they were overcharged. That's the definition of fair, the fact that customer refunds and theft hasn't even been mentioned is weird.
  9. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 3,350   +1,999

    Considering the complexity of distribution of fines and penalties back to the customers gets shot down by the courts, but if the court simply ordered them to provide free service to every injured customer for a year ... that would be easy, save them a ton of money on billing and force them to sit there day after day and watch the tally roll up on all the profits they loose!
  10. yRaz

    yRaz Nigerian Prince Posts: 2,325   +1,429

    Aside from the fact that comcast isn't a cellular carrier and has no way to commit fraud like this
    Last edited: Dec 17, 2014
  11. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,274

    The word 'cramming' has always meant stuffing or studying to me, they should change the term to 'stiffing' instead
    Last edited: Dec 18, 2014
  12. Fining corporations and banks is not the answer, jail for the criminals behind it is! Why is it that these people are getting away with fraud but the man in the street cannot? It is this that needs investigating!! And just where does the money go exactly? Stinks of a racket perpetrated by the corporations, banks and politicians and it's time it stopped!!!
  13. hrowder

    hrowder TS Enthusiast Posts: 60   +11

    I certainly agree that the consumer should somehow be recompensed. Just fining does not seem adequate.

    As to jail time... I think illegal acts should be punished in the same way that you or I would be. Corporate executives who made the decisions to defraud should be at risk for prison the same way as us "peons" are. The whole faith in a "Nation of Law" as we are supposed to be is at risk by this and similar behaviors by corporations and politicians (let alone various law enforcement activities). Better to take suitable action now than risk the torches and pitchforks by the masses like we are currently seeing in Mexico.

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