BIG mistake - never use a pay phone ... or a phone in a hotel or a hospital.
Credit Card Bill
There is no indication of what this might cost, no way to make a decision.
These are 2 charges that appeared on a credit card bill - I have blocked out the number that was called (for obvious reasons). One number was a misdial to a cellphone that was out of range (actually in the pocket of the person making the call). The other was for about 2 minutes (a guess really since that information is not provided).
NCIC *aaa-555-xxxx VA 800-5959694 TX $23.98 NCIC *aaa-555-xxxx VA 800-5959694 TX $25.66
Since I did not make the call, I am not sure exactly what was said ... but ... these snakes really socked it to us.
Zero Plus Dialing (8000) 456-7587 Billed on Behalf of NCIC NCIC non Subr Fee 3.50 USF Carrier Admin Fee 3.50 Universal Service FND 4.28 Tax State 2.09 ----- sub total 13.37 Collect Call 6 minutes 30.52 ----- Real total 43.89
It turns out that the best thing to search for is zero plus dialing
Cram this: a firsthand account of my recent cramming presents another side of these companies - signing you up for services you did not ask for.
The Scammer's Details
NCIC Phone: 800-5959694 Fax: P.O. Box 551 Longview Texas 75606 Longview, Texas, 75606 U.S.A.Other phone numbers I found on the web
888-371-0734 Aug 2005 888-509-0734 Jul 2001From the NCIC web site,
NCIC provides telecom solutions to Inmate facilities, Pay Phone owners, Hospitals, Hotels and Local Exchange Carriers.
Network Communications International Corp. P.O. Box 551 Longview, Texas 75606 (888) 686-3699 (903) 757-4455 Fax (903) 757-4899
|On December 3, 2007, AT&T announced that they will sell all 60,000 pay phones they operate.|
A Rate Schedule
Calls will be billed in one (1) minute increments after an initial period of six (6) minutes. Rate Per Minute $1.99 Collect Charge, Per Call $10.49
In addition, my 6 minute (minimum) collect call cost $43.89 ... not $22.43 ... which is still outrageous (though quite close to the credit card charges).
And just to slap everyone in the face, calls to Mexico are much cheaper than calls to the next state - $5.99 to connect and $1.15 per minute.
Zero Plus Dialing
BILLING CONCEPTS, INC. Suite 200 7411 John Smith Drive San Antonio, Texas 78229 BC WEBEDITOR BC WEBTRACK BCPAY BIC BILLING CONCEPTS ENABILL EZ-WI USBI ZERO PLUS DIALING ZPDI
Since these rigged pay phones are the ONLY way to make a call (remember - there was no cell service), these companies are basically interstate monopolies. They provide a service, lie about how much it will cost, and then charge what ever they want.
These scam artists are robbing thousands of people ... and no one is standing up for us.
Wait ... it gets better - hospital phones (in some places) are wired through these !@#$%. So are hotels.
Suggestion, start a local movement to have these scam artists banned from your local community ... or at least have a required sticker - $22 minimum per call, $44 minimum collect.