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Clark Howard: Cell phone bills

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Updated: 7/03/2013 7:19 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A study found that over 50-percent of people had phony charges on their cell phone bill. Consumer advisor, Clark Howard said the cell phone companies are knowingly doing nothing about it.

What you don't know can really hurt you and let me tell you something about cramming. It's when someone posts phony charges on your cell phone bill.

You may wonder, somebody on your cell phone bill. Here's how it works.

The cell phone carriers earn commissions for allowing unrelated third parties to post charges on your phone bill. Supposedly they are for services you have chosen to buy like specialized voicemail services or internet services or who knows what services. But sadly, most of them are phony bologne.

The criminals are getting away with it. Why? Because most of us never actually look at the pages of our cell phone bill. A study done by the Attorney General of the State of Vermont found that 55-percent of people have phony charges on their cell phone bill.

Even worse, almost two thirds of people didn't know because they didn't look at their bill.

Look at yours. You might have a fifty fifty chance of finding money that you shouldn't be paying.

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Watch Clark Howard weekday mornings on Action News This Morning on FOX30 beginning at 7 a.m.

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