Mobile crammers Lin Miao, Andrew Bachman, and their cohorts will have to handover a Bentley like this one as part of their settlement with the US government.
In a settlement announced Friday by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the operators of a huge mobile phone cramming scheme have agreed to handover over $10 million in assets.
The deceptive tactic charges people for fake services on their local phone bills. There, the charges often go unnoticed for months. Applying charges to an account, called Local Exchange Carrier (LEC) billing, is legal and can have legitimate uses—but it’s widely known as a vector for cramming schemes.
“Cramming unauthorized charges on consumers’ phone bills is unlawful, and this settlement shows the FTC is committed to making sure that anyone who does it won’t be able to keep their ill-gotten gains,” said Jessica Rich, the director of the Federal Trade Commission’s Bureau of Consumer Protection, in a statement on Friday. “Consumers have the right to know what they are being charged.”
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