AT&T to pay $7.75 million for allowing sham directory-assistance calls

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – AT&T Inc will pay $7.75 million in refunds and fines after federal investigators found it allowed unauthorized third-party charges related to phony directory-assistance service on its customers’ telephone bills, U.S. regulators said on Monday.

The fraud was uncovered by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration while investigating two Ohio companies for drug-related crimes and money laundering, the Federal Communications Commission said.

AT&T, the Dallas-based telecommunications giant, allowed “scammers to charge customers approximately $9 per month for a sham directory assistance service,” the FCC said. AT&T received a fee from the companies for each charge AT&T placed on its customers’ bills, the FCC added.  MORE

8 Comments on AT&T to pay $7.75 million for allowing sham directory-assistance calls

  1. Atlantic Telephone and Telegraph. . . . should be pushed into the deep end of the Atlantic. With all its wires and cables.

  2. Are they still using those cables on the sea floor? Or are they just laying there useless like stretchmarks across the Earth’s ass?

  3. This is wholesale theft. the tried it on my sister’s account a few years ago. Fortunately Louisiana has a pretty active Public Service Commission so they don’t easily get away with it if you complain.

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