Huge Telephone Fraud

Here's an example of something everyone should know, but few people actually do. Myself included, until today. For years. Many, many years I paid my phone bill always annoyed by the FCC subscriber line charge fee which jacked up the cost of my home phone by at least $6 or $7 every month.

And for years, many, many years, I just assumed by the description that it was a government charge I was powerless to avoid barring not having a landline.

Turns out, that's totally BS. When the charge went up again to over $8 I was finally compelled to do my due diligence. What I discovered was not surprising, but very shocking nonetheless.

According to the FCC itself such a charge does not go to them at all. It's simply a fee the government allows the phone company impose under the guise of the phone company not actually charging it. But the money actually goes to the phone company. So they're basically allowed to pretend like this is a fee they have to charge when in reality they are receiving all the profits from it. The FCC justifies it as a way to maintain phone lines and infrastructure and yada yada yada.

If this isn't a scam I don't know what is. Worse yet, it's a government sanctioned scam. It fooled me for a good 10 years. It's been fooling my mom for 50 or so.

We actually believed that the charge was imposed by the federal government and the phone company was just as much a victim as we were of the exorbitant costs of having a landline telephone. Never did I imagine in my wildest dreams it was such a gross misrepresentation. It's just a way for them to make it seem like your bill is low and still collect a lot more money from you.

It's fraud as far as I'm concerned. Outright fraud that has been sanctioned by the federal government for many, many years. Stealing countless millions from unsuspecting,  hard-working American citizens.