FTC kills American Idol phone scam.

FTC kills American Idol phone scam.
The FCC saves us from unwanted breasts, and the FTC saves us from stupid mistakes. People who called certain wrong toll-free phone numbers to vote during the first two seasons of American Idol were told to dial a 900-number, only to be told what the correct voting toll-free number. The scam was born when “three Utah-based companies bought dozens of phone numbers very similar to the toll-free numbers that Idol fans call to place their votes.” According to the AP, “The three companies have agreed to pay a civil penalty of $40,000 for engaging in deceptive conduct and violating federal law, the commission said.” Roughly 25,000 stupid people paid “up to $3 per call during the 2002 and 2003 seasons.”

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