Several months ago, we blogged about the auto-renewing text-message subscription scams being run by companies like National Telephone Advisory (NTA). See Dec. 12, 2008 Blog, Dec. 3, 2008 Blog. Unsuspecting consumers have been trapped into taking seemingly harmless IQ quizzes, like the one that NTA operates on http://www.myiqquiz.com, only to have an automatically renewing $9.95 monthly charge billed to them by their cellular service carrier.
Obviously, NTA is not the only company out there running these kinds of websites. A company called Flycell is becoming a particular pain for Facebook users. Flycell operates a website called http://www.whatsmyiqscore.com (a.k.a. http://www.officialiqquiz.com), and Flycell’s advertisements for this website pop up on Facebook users’ account pages. Typically, the advertisement states that a user’s friends have taken the IQ quiz – whether or not that is true – and that the user is being “challenged” to take the quiz as well. At the conclusion of the quiz, the user is prompted to enter his or her cell phone number, in order to receive a text message with a pin number. Once the user receives that text message, the IQ quiz website instructs the user to enter the pin number, prompting a second text message. This text message triggers the auto-billing anywhere from $9.99 to $19.99 per month.
If you are a Facebook user and you were “challenged” to an IQ that resulted in a text-messaging subscription, we want to hear your story. We are investigating possible legal claims against these and similar companies. Visit our website at http://www.pbmattorneys.com or call us directly at (610) 941-4204 to tell us what happened.