Vt. AG: 4 companies to pay $230K for “cramming”

Posted May 14, 2012, at 9:24 p.m.

MONTPELIER, Vt. — The Vermont attorney general’s office has reached settlements with four companies accused of bill some consumers for unauthorized or misleading services on their telephone bills.

The companies will pay over $230,000 to more than 1,300 Vermont consumers and businesses.

The attorney general’s office said Monday that Bizzfinders.com, LLC, of Pleasantville, N.J., and Ebizz, LLC, of Clifton, N.J., charged more than 500 Vermont businesses over $150,000 for web site support and other services.

The office says the two other companies — Member’s Edge, LLC, of Teaneck, N.J., and Residential Voice Mail, Inc., of Southampton, N.Y.— each charged hundreds of consumers tens of thousands of dollars for email and/or voice mail services.

Each company will pay the state $10,000 in penalties and costs for the so-called “cramming.”