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Flycell Scam

November 22nd, 2009 at 11:13 am

About a month ago, I took an online "IQ Test" and when I got to the end, I was asked to enter my cell phone number to get a PIN for the "results." Although I hesitated, curiosity got the best of me and I bit. I was texted a PIN, I entered it in on the website and got my IQ number.

So yesterday when I got my ATT bill I noticed it was about $30 higher than usual. After carefully reviewing it, I saw I was being charged for some "mobile purchase downloads." Turns out when I entered my phone number, somewhere in the fine print gobbledygook, I was SUBSCRIBING to Flycell. When they send you a text with a PIN, unless you text them back "STOP," you are subscribed!

I got on the phone with ATT and learned a lot. First of all, I had a block put on my line that prevents any download purchases without a PIN. It's free and part of the "parental controls" option (and we don't even have kids at home!). I further learned that unauthorized phone charges from third-parties is getting to be very common. There is a website gathering complaints for a class-action suit.

ATT was great... they reversed the charges and explained how dangerous it is to provide your phone number online... it could be a phishing scam, like the IQ test I took. So much for having a genius IQ... what a joke!.

I'm glad I check my bills as soon as I get an email alert they're available. Some of the stories I read about on the class-action website told about getting charged for months and months before they noticed.

7 Responses to “Flycell Scam”

  1. Ima saver Says:

    Glad you caught this quickly!!

  2. Waterfall Says:

    This is good to know.

  3. creditcardfree Says:

    Thanks for the heads up!

  4. frugaltexan75 Says:

    Another good reason to check your bills carefully and immediately!

  5. cptacek Says:

    My brother was 13 and getting text messages from someone. They kept sending him "naked lady pictures." It was eating up the text messages for the plan, and he couldn't get the other person to stop (he didn't know who he was, could only text back "stop, please"). My mom called the cell phone company, and they said they couldn't do anything. So, she said he was a minor and getting porn from their cell phone service, and they better do something about it. They blocked that number immediately!

  6. John DeFlumeri jr Says:

    Those rotten scum! Scammers are everywhere. You gotta check every statement every time. It isn't even stuff we agreed to, it's just automatic billing to see if we'll pay it!

    John DeFlumeri Jr

  7. brian zedalya Says:

    i know dude i got charged 328 dollars!!! because of doing that now i owe 89 dollars still ffs...i'm never gonna do it again.

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