Internet Scammers Pay the Price
Darryl Hubble didn't worry much about the mail his pharmacy received until the attorney general's office called him last October to warn him about the scam.
"Once we became aware of the service being billed on our monthly phone bill, then we went back and investigated," said Hubble. "[We] asked for copies of it, saw what happened and immediately asked for it to be stopped. And then [we] began the process of trying to figure out how to recoup for service we weren't even aware we had, certainly didn't want, and weren't reaping any benefits from."
Attorney General Jay Nixon sued YPI in December, when $25 and $30 charges started popping up on victims' telephone bills.
"The most effective way to combat this practice is to educate consumers and businesses so that when they receive these checks they know, if you're going to cash them, it's probably going to be obligating you to something you are probably going to have to deal with in the future," said Travis Ford, Nixon's spokesman.
The attorney general's office said customers should still check their bills. If they find any charges from YPI, they have 60 days to contact Nixon's office to try to recover their money.