Four Companies To Pay Fines For “Cramming”

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The Vermont attorney general’s office has reached settlements with four companies accused of billing consumers for unauthorized or misleading services on their telephone bills.

The companies will pay over $230,000 to more than 1,300 Vermont consumers and businesses.

The attorney general’s office said Monday that, , of Pleasantville, N.J., and Ebizz of Clifton, N.J., charged more than 500 Vermont businesses more than $150,000 for web site support and other services.

The office says two other companies – Member’s Edge, of Teaneck, N.J., and Residential Voice Mail of Southampton, N.Y.- each charged hundreds of consumers tens of thousands of dollars for email and/or voice mail services.

Each company will pay the state $10,000 in penalties and costs for the illegal practice known as "cramming."

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