New York’s Legislature is trying to ban schemes involving consumers being told via a recorded telephone message that they’ve won a prize, then find fees have been run up on their phone bills that often exceed the value of the prize.
The Legislature gave final approval to the ban on Thursday. Now it goes to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who could sign it into law.
Sen. Charles Fuschillo (R-Merrick) says thousands of consumers are victimized by the schemes each year.
They’re typically charged a rate of $9.95 a minute without knowing it as they’re put on hold or listen to a long recorded message.
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