• Report: #38798
Complaint Review:

Federal Trade Commission

  • Submitted: Thu, December 19, 2002
  • Updated: Fri, January 24, 2003

  • Reported By:Redding California
Federal Trade Commission
600 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W. Washington, District of Columbia U.S.A.

Federal Trade Commission needs to add Alyon Technologies to Integretel eBillit Inc Legal Decision Washington District of Columbia
click here for EDitor's comment; Alyon's efforts to resolve complaints and click here to read Alyon's response

*Author of original report: Alyon Technologies Tina Whitfield is helping perpetrate this Criminal Business against children and innocent citizens

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The Federal Trade Commission should pursue Alyon Technologies for the same reasons that are listed below. Read about Federal Trade Commission v. Verity International, Ltd.


Amount at Issue: $1,600,000 Stage: Pay Out

Federal Trade Commission v. Verity International, Ltd.
Consumers Recover $1.6 Million for Unauthorized Telephone Bills for Adult Entertainment

The court has approved the parties' $1.6 million settlement in a legal action by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) against telephone billing companies Integretel, Inc. and eBillit, Inc. The action claimed that the defendants participated in an illegal scheme misusing the international telephone billing system to charge consumers for "videotext" services--Internet-based "adult" entertainment--that the consumers never purchased or authorized. The $1.6 million will be held in escrow by the FTC until litigation against related companies is finished.

Through the scheme, thousands of consumers were billed an average of $127 apiece for services that they did not even know had been accessed through their phone lines. The charges for the videotext services were described as international telephone calls to Madagascar. Under the terms of the settlement, the defendants will waive any claim to $1.6 million in payments collected from consumers for these videotext services.

In many instances a consumer was completely unaware that charges had been incurred based on his or her phone number--charges that had been incurred by someone else who used the consumer's computer and phone line without permission. In addition, when consumers called the defendants' customer service number to dispute the bills, they were falsely told that the charges were valid and that they legally obligated to pay them.

The FTC investigation revealed that "dialer" software downloaded from teaser adult Web sites was causing charges to be billed to consumers' phone numbers. According to the FTC, the dialer program allowed Internet users to access the adult content without any means of verifying that the user was the telephone line subscriber or was authorized in any way to incur charges on the line subscriber's bill.

Once the dialer software was downloaded, it disconnected the consumer's modem from its usual Internet service provider, dialed an international phone number to Madagascar and reconnected the modem to the Internet from some overseas location. The line subscribers then began incurring charges on their phone lines for the remote Internet connection at the rate of $3.99 per minute.

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#1 Author of original report

Alyon Technologies Tina Whitfield is helping perpetrate this Criminal Business against children and innocent citizens

AUTHOR: Gregory - (U.S.A.)

From: webmaster@sec.gov

Firm Name: Alyon Technologies
Type of Firm: Private/Closely Held Company
Individual's Name: Tina Whitfield controller
Street Address: 5555 Triangle Parkway
*USCI, Inc.5555 Triangle Parkway, Suite 200 (same as Alyon)
*AmericomOnline.com listed as a Telephone Company (same as Alyon)
Address (cont.): Waterford Ctr.
City: Norcross
State/Province: GA
Zip/Postal Code: 30092
Work Phone: 678-268-2344
Home Phone:
FAX: 770-840-0905

What are you complaining about? Cold calling

Washington, D.C. 20549

1. USCI, Inc. Phone: 678-268-2300
Waterford Ctr.
5555 Triangle Parkway, Suite 200
Norcross, Georgia 30092
Fax: 770-840-0905
Tina Whitfield controller 678-268-2344

Involved in bankruptsy in 2001 which was in partly dismissed. They had done business with RadioShack in New York through subsidiary Ameritel Communications provider of cellular services but have moved into IP Internet protocol telephony market, teaming up with network provider Net2Phone. USCIs
AmericomOnline subsidiary markets IP telephony and prepaid communications products and services. The companys TelCollect unit offers accounts receivable management. JNC Opportunity Fund owns 73 of USCI.

2. AmericomOnline.com listed as a Telephone Company
5555 Triangle Parkway Suite 200
Norcross, GA 30092

3. Ameritel Communications http://www.ameritelcms.com/
Postal address
P.O. Box 947
389 Tamarack Lane
Sagle, Idaho 83860
General Information: INFO@AMERITELCMS.COM

4. E-Group, Inc. http://www.egroupnet.com/
Contact E Group
Email: info@egroupnet.com
Minneapolis, MN.
901 North Third Street
Suite 195
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55401

Phone: 612 339-4777
Fax: 612 339-4767

Everyone complain to your Attorney General and to the FTC http://www.ftc.gov

Read http://www.spamlaws.com/federal/list107.html

Stonewalling-Fatcat bureaucracy in Congress have still not passed 'Protect Children From E-Mail s**t Act of 2001 (H.R. 2472)!'

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