A press release from State Rep. Mike Tryon:
Governor Signs New Law that Prohibits Third Party Fees on Phone Bills
SPRINGFIELD….. A phone bill scamming practice known as “cramming” will no longer be allowed under legislation signed into law in Illinois this week.
State Rep. Mike Tryon (R-Crystal Lake), a co-sponsor of House Bill 5211, said the new law makes it illegal for third party vendors to bill consumers for goods or services on their phone bills.
“This is a follow up to a bill I previously passed which added clarity for services that appear by third parties on phone bills,” Tryon said. “This bill takes phone bill clarity to a next, logical level.”
According to Tryon, the charges are often unwanted or the result of consumers who not did not have a full understanding for services they signed up for.
“Too often vendors fail to tell consumers about all of the fine print associated with their services, and a ‘free trial offer’ turns into a vague monthly fee on phone bills,” Tryon said.
“This new law should address a great deal of this practice.”
The bill had the full support of the Illinois Attorney General’s office, which filed 30 lawsuits in recent years against third party companies accused of cramming. The new law takes effect January 1, 2013.