Sprint, Verizon to pay $158M to settle 'cramming' case

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Tuesday, May 12, 2015
A cellphone is seen in this undated file photo.
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CHICAGO (WLS) -- If you are a Sprint or Verizon customer, you might be eligible for a refund.

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan and other attorneys general announced $158 million in settlements to resolve allegations that Sprint and Verizon placed third-party charges on customer cell phone bills.

The practice, called "cramming", has already resulted in similar settlements with AT&T and T-Mobile.

Sprint and Verizon customers can submit claims for refunds by visiting websites set up by the carriers.

Consumers can submit claims for restitution by visiting www.SprintRefundPSMS.com and/or www.CFPBSettlementVerizon.com. The websites will provide information on how to submit a claim, find information about refund eligibility, and request a free account summary that details PSMS purchases on their accounts.

For questions, visit the websites or contact the settlement administrators: for Sprint, (877) 389-8787 and for Verizon, (888) 726-7063.