CHICAGO (AP) —A phone company billed Illinois residents for long-distance service they never authorized, Attorney General Lisa Madigan said.
Madigan filed a lawsuit against Optic Internet Protocol on Friday.
The Delaware-based company targeted Spanish-speaking customers, she said.
Seventeen consumers filed complaints with Madigan’s office. They first learned of the unauthorized charges when they got their bills and noticed a new long-distance carrier that in some cases was more expensive, she said.
It’s critical for consumers to review their bills carefully because scammers are betting that their targets won’t do so, Madigan said.
The lawsuit seeks restitution for consumers, and to ban the company from operating in Illinois.
No one could be reached at a phone listing for the company over the weekend.