Verizon Wireless Accused Of Wrongly Billing NY Customers State Tax

Verizon Wireless Accused Of Wrongly Billing NY Customers State Tax

A class action lawsuit has been filed against Verizon Wireless accusing it of passing directly to customers a “metropolitan commuter transportation district” tax that the company was actually supposed to pay. Albert Levy, who filed the lawsuit, points out that Sprint has never charged the tax to customers. Verizon Wireless calls the accusation “silly,” and says they’re billing it correctly. Perhaps not surprisingly, the actual wording of the tax law leaves the matter up in the air.

https://consumerist.com/2009/01/16/macys-now-admits-that-it/

Macy’s now admits that it was an in-house software glitch that caused them to charge in-store debit card users twice on the Saturday before Christmas. [StorefrontBacktalk] (Thanks to Evan!)

Mint Alerts Users Whose Accounts Were Fraudulently Charged

Mint Alerts Users Whose Accounts Were Fraudulently Charged

A couple days ago, we wrote about a fake company called Adele that was fraudulently charging 25 cents to credit cards. Personal finance site Mint heard about the scam too, and they reviewed their users’ records and notified them if they found a fraudulent charge.

Did Adele Services Charge Your Credit Card? The Company Does Not Exist

Did Adele Services Charge Your Credit Card? The Company Does Not Exist

The Boston Globe says that credit card users are noticing a mysterious charge for about 25 cents from Adele Services in Melville, NY. The trouble is, “There is no business by that name listed in Melville, or registered to any business anywhere in New York, for that matter.” No one knows yet whether these small charges are tests for larger unauthorized debits, or if this is the entire scam. Either way, check your statement and be sure to file a dispute—and request a new card—if you come across it.

Vonage Says "If You Hang Up We'll Cancel Your Account"

Vonage Says "If You Hang Up We'll Cancel Your Account"

We don’t know what the hell happened with this customer service situation, but somehow the CSR for Vonage decided that when Sarah abruptly hung up on him, she agreed by default to a service cancellation and $92 cancellation fee. That sounds like the kind of angry-CSR “mistake” that can be fixed with a second call—but according to the next CSR Sarah spoke to, that’s just Vonage policy. What?

https://consumerist.com/2008/12/31/if-you-used-your-debit/

If you used your debit card at Macy’s on the Saturday before Christmas, you might have been charged twice.

https://consumerist.com/2008/11/18/over-on-elliottorg-a-woman/

Over on Elliott.org, a woman describes how her $29 Days Inn room ballooned to a $180 charge when the hotel’s owner refused to honor the deal, and what she did to get the difference refunded. [Elliott.org]

Tonik Insurance Sneaks 20% Premium Increase On Customer After Approval

Tonik Insurance Sneaks 20% Premium Increase On Customer After Approval

Tonik is the rad, x-treme! lifestyle health insurance for young people who can’t afford regular insurance—sort of the Poochie of health insurance, except it’s not going to go away. Aasma wrote to us to let us know that when she signed up for it over the weekend, she got a nasty surprise after she submitted her credit card information.

Don't Even Look At Your Hotel Room's Minibar Or You Might Get Charged

Don't Even Look At Your Hotel Room's Minibar Or You Might Get Charged

My wife and I are there right now. We opened the minibar last night to put a piece of pizza in there in a pizza box. This morning, there’s a $26.04 charge for food on the bill slid under our door. Why? My wife just called to ask and was told, “If you open the mini bar door, there’s a sensor in there and if you move anything in there… you get billed for it.” In our case, we must have jiggled a $20 bottle of wine.

Honey, Was That PotBelly's Sandwich $4.23 Or $858,432?

Honey, Was That PotBelly's Sandwich $4.23 Or $858,432?

Sorry PotBelly Sandwich Works customers, you can’t order the Chicken Salad Sandwich unless you qualify for a mortgage. Ashley’s husband thought his usual lunchtime meal cost $4.23, but, as his wife discovered when trying to pay their credit card bill, the sandwich actually costs $858,432.06.

Charges Filed Against Bed, Bath & Beyond Manager Who Refused To Allow 911 Call

Charges Filed Against Bed, Bath & Beyond Manager Who Refused To Allow 911 Call

Police have charged Elizabeth Miller, the manager of the Bed, Bath & Beyond in Lexington, Kentucky, who refused to let a couple use the store’s phone to call 911 to report a three-year-old locked in a van, and refused to make an announcement over the store’s PA system. The charge is “failure to report dependency, neglect and abuse, a Class B misdemeanor that carries a maximum sentence of 90 days and a maximum fine of $250.”

Blockbuster Double Dips In PayPal Account; Naturally, PayPal Does Nothing

Blockbuster Double Dips In PayPal Account; Naturally, PayPal Does Nothing

Blockbuster debited Anthony’s PayPal account two days in a row for the same monthly plan. PayPal won’t help—they say it’s between Blockbuster and Anthony, offering further proof that PayPal is a great service only as long as nothing goes wrong.

California Declares Free Market Broken, Recommends Price Controls For Phone Services

California Declares Free Market Broken, Recommends Price Controls For Phone Services

“There is no indication of any change in the near future regarding the current state of competition. Market forces have not yet met the challenge of controlling price increases.”

What To Do When Citibank Charges You Interest On A Zero Balance

What To Do When Citibank Charges You Interest On A Zero Balance

A Consumerist reader was surprised to find that Citibank had applied a finance charge on a zero balance account. She did what every good Consumerist should do: prepared her evidence, jumped quickly ahead to a live person on the Customer Service side, and resolved the issue. Here’s what happened:

GE Promises Free Inspection And Repair, Then Charges You, Then Threatens To Send You To Collections

GE Promises Free Inspection And Repair, Then Charges You, Then Threatens To Send You To Collections

Reader Zack is frustrated with General Electric because they offered to inspect and repair his washing machine as a courtesy, then after they came by they stuck him with the bill. Now they’re threatening to send him to a collection agency.

JetBlue Can't Decide If They Charged An Unaccompanied Minor Fee

JetBlue Can't Decide If They Charged An Unaccompanied Minor Fee

JetBlue promised Catie’s husband in March that the $798 fare charged to fly his children from Austin to Boston included the unaccompanied minor fee. But when Catie recently called to verify the reservation, she was told that her children wouldn’t be allowed to board unless she paid an extra $200.

Bank Of America Treats Parking Meter Payments As Cash Advances, Charges $10 Fee

Bank Of America Treats Parking Meter Payments As Cash Advances, Charges $10 Fee

Reader Gary used his Bank of America credit card to pay $2 on a parking meter in Washington, DC. Bank of America treated it as a cash advance and slapped him with a $10 fee, as well as a higher APR. When Gary called to complain, he learned that it wasn’t an error: Bank of America has started treating payments to parking meters as cash advances and may even treat all payments to government entities as cash advances.

Listen Time Warner, The 60-Year-Old English Teacher Didn't Order $1,400 Of Porn

Listen Time Warner, The 60-Year-Old English Teacher Didn't Order $1,400 Of Porn

Time Warner wants reader Nancy, a 60-year-old English teacher, to pay $1,400 for ordering porn—including 17 flicks supposedly viewed on a single day. Nancy didn’t order the porn, and has no clue how the charges were associated with her cable box, but one useless Time Warner representative suggested: “maybe your dog ordered them.”