Don't be duped by online trivia

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Homes By Cross, Inc.

So the cell phone bill just came in for the family. We did good again, nobody went over the limit. But wait a minute, what's this $10 charge for PREMIUM MESSAGING on my daughter's line ? Come to find out, through a little forensics, I found the culprit.

There is a company advertising on Facebook, as a harmeless add, asking you to check your IQ. Kind of like "trivial pursuit" or "are you smarter than a fitth grader".

At the end of the test you get your score on how you did only if you provide you CELL PHONE NUMBER. We all want our results. They will send you a text message with a secret code to get your results. This Seems innocent.

In the smallest font known to eyes, at the end, before you get your score, it says if you hit enter after entering your cell number, you agree to join a $9.95 per month trivia service. I need my 3.0 glasses to see it


I have Verizon, and they said  basically , they are a collection agent, and it's out of their hands. But they could cancel additional charges.. Sort of like "congratulations you dialed a Carribean scam line".

This was on Facebook !

Not very social. There are Bigger scams in the news that affect me more. This one just irritated me. Your Tool Box for All You Charlotte Real Estate needs


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Michael Therriault
Michael Therriault Contracting - M.T. Contracting - Blakeslee, PA
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Claude - You're not the only one. We had a similar experience with our son's cell phone. Att was a bit more helpful. They removed to charge and blocked the vendor.

Feb 24, 2009 01:48 PM #1
Shawna Rains
Century 21 All Star Realtors - Casa Grande, AZ

Claude, my sister used my phone and we got that charge also with verizon, but verizon didn't remove the charge.

Feb 24, 2009 02:59 PM #2
Denise Gray
Realty World Alliance - Wichita, KS
Realtor SRES, Wichita Kansas Homes

Wow, now I will spend time checking all our cell phone bills. It's amazing how they sneak these things through.

Feb 24, 2009 03:41 PM #3
Terry Chenier
Homelife Glenayre Realty - Mission, BC

The scams out there with all the new technology are endless! Oh, get me back to simpler times.

Feb 26, 2009 03:03 AM #4
Claude Cross
Homes By Cross, Inc. - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte NC Homes For Sale

Denise & Terry - I call it chipping. The take little chips hoping you won't bother to look

Thanks for the comments

Feb 26, 2009 09:16 AM #5
David Phelps
The Roofing Company, Inc. - Portsmouth, VA

I have sent messages to Facebook, with no reply about the "Trickafication", if you will, when it comes to the placement of the links. My wife loves to play the games (as do I) and she fell for the same IQ challenge. Facebook puts the links on the page in places that appear relevant to what you are doing.

Feb 27, 2009 11:30 PM #6
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