How Long-Distance Scams Work

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Most long-distance scams affect land lines. 
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You've just sat down to a nice family dinner and what happens? A telemarketer calls and asks you if you want to save big money on your long-distance bills, to which your response is probably one of the following:

  • To immediately hang up
  • To say, "Of course not -- I am always trying to find ways to spend all of this money that keeps piling up at my house! Paying too much for long distance is one of the best methods I have found to get rid of it!"
  • ­­To listen and hear about the deal -- How much money are they going to offer you to switch? What is the price per minute? What is the monthly fee?

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­If you do actually listen to the deal, can you even trust what they tell you? Are they giving you the details you need to make a good decision?

In this article, we'll uncover some of the big­ long-distance scams that can trip up even the most alert long-distance shopper. We'll explain what all of those charges on your bill mean and how to find the best deal for the types of calls you make.