I rec'vd bogus bill for two phone charges to England in amount of $160.00. The bill landed about 12-10-04 for charges on the early morning of 11-27-04. Of course I'm questioned by my wife who opened the bill.
The bill was directed to my first and middle initials and the account number was my tel# with a couple of digits added.
I know its bogus because 1) I don't enter sites where phone dialers are used, 2) I don't enter sites about which I would be embarrassed to the family, 3) It was early morning when no one would be on the computer using the ISP and certainly no one would be using a dialup, (4) the addressed name was one I used on a mag subscription years ago and have never used it since.
My first reaction was to ignore the bill but the direct threat of becoming the target of what's likely to be their wholly owned collection agency focused my attention on learning more about them.
Of course I couldn't get into the website, couldn't get past the busy phone, so I ignored the bill for a couple of days but the wife prevailed and so tried every couple of days to get into the website to compain.
I googled the name and got hits for sites like this. I used this one and another as reference on how to handle the situation.
On December 30, 2004, I was successful in getting into the site and filed a complaint resulting in an automated email informing me that a rep would contact me within 24 hours. I didn't wait and immediately started filing complaints with the FCC, IFCC, BBBFortWorth, FTC,USPS, and haven't got around to the NY State Attorney General, my local telephone company or my ISP since the holidays make Customer Service impossible until Monday.
I will file with my ISP as soon as I'm done. This is extremely time consuming and not good for the marital goodwill usually bountiful this time of year.
I'll try to catch up the final results when they start rolling in. I have been able to file on the internet with each of the agencies so far which is very nice but getting the forms filled out with exactly the same info is done easier by copying into/outof NOTEPAD.
I'm hopeful that people don't panic and mail out money to these guys.
A final note, On the back of the bill was another address not in Texas but in NH.
The two addresses are
PPC (on the bill's reverse side)
PO Box 10718
Bedford, NH 03110
PPC (Envelope return address)
PO BOX 155579
Fort Worth, Texas 76155-5579
If anyone has any other information, please file it.
Hemlock, New York