Check your cellphone bills for pricey text message charges. Short-code messages, as they’re called, usually have a string of numbers followed by a name like Premium Text Trivia.
I did a column last week and asked readers to send stories. You’ll find a bunch below.
The CBC has done a few television news items lately, here.
You get lured in by doing an online contest, which asks you for your cellphone number. You then receive â€” by text â€” a PIN number. Once you enter that PIN number on the website, you’ve subscribed.
Here’s a link to the $12.3 million (U.S.) settlement of a class action by m-Qube Inc., one of the biggest offenders. The lawsuit alleged there were not adequate safeguards in place to ensure that customers were only billed for services they agreed to purchase.
In Canada, the wireless companies insist that it’s not their problem. They blame customers for giving away cellphone numbers without reading the fine print.
But when reading these comments, watch for a pattern. Those who make noise often get refunds or freebies to compensate for the unauthorized text messages.