Va. to receive $356,779 from AT&T “cramming” settlement

State-NewsRICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ Attorney General Mark R. Herring says Virginia will receive $356,779 for its participation in a settlement with AT&T. The $105 million multistate settlement announced Wednesday resolves allegations that the company unlawfully billed wireless customers for tens of millions of dollars in bogus charges. The practice is known as cramming. The Federal Trade Commission says AT&T subsidiary AT&T Mobility LLC billed millions of customers for charges from third-party companies. The charges were for services people never asked to receive or were duped into subscribing to, such as horoscope texts. AT&T agreed to pay $80 million to the FTC for consumer refunds.  Herring says the amount of refunds that Virginia consumers will receive for improper charges hasn’t been determined.

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