Fat finger dialing
ialing the wrong number could cost you. The Federal
Communication Commission is warning consumers to carefully
dial 800 numbers like 1-800-CALL-ATT and 1-800-COLLECT. Apparently,
unscrupulous companies have purchased similar numbers, and
are overcharging misdialing customers. So if you accidentally
dial 1-800-CALL-LAT, you'll end up paying two to three times
what you intended for the call, and never know until the bill
arrives. The FTC recently busted a comparable scam.
A company in Florida purchased
phone numbers similar to Federal Express and Sovereign Bank.
Consumers who misdialed were connected to a recording that
instructed them to "press 1" for the correct number,
without mentioning that the service cost between $1.99 and
about more scams.