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One of the biggest crimes being perpetrated by American companies nowadays is this “auto-bill” scam. I have reported to the New York Attorney General at least two different cases of a company charging my credit card, without my permission, then claiming that I signed up for auto bill.
Network Solutions, my former web hosting company, added me to a service that I did not want. They also auto-billed me for all of my domain hosting packages, even though I told them many times to stop.
A credit agency also started to bill me for a security feature that I did not order. They claimed I signed up for it.
I recently stayed at The Ritz Carlton hotel, and they auto-billed me for thousands of dollars. Then, they kept doing so despite me telling them not to use that particular card.
Yesterday, I had to cancel my Constant Contact blast email account because they were raising my rates each month claiming it was due to increased usage, but only to find out they were wrong and just scamming me. Then, to make matters worse, they claimed it was impossible to turn off auto-billing. Most places will deactivate the feature, but to claim it is impossible to not illegally steal from my credit card was the final straw. I had to fire them, and in a few days, these blast emails will cease (Mail Chimp is worse).
Look at your cell phone, TV cable, and other monthly bills closely. Do not assume that the amount they are charging you is correct. Break down the items one by one. Then, insist that no company ever be given permission to auto-bill you.
It is illegal for any company to take money out of your bank account without your permission. They also cannot demand that auto-bill be the only form of payment.