Class Action Lawsuit?

So I’m sitting here at my desk and my phone plays its “you have a text message” tune. Three times.

Not being a teenaged girl, you might imagine the number of text messages I get is pretty low, so this is unusual.

I look at the messages, and they are all from 90900, the Joke of the Day mobile phone service (jokemobi.com).

The first message gives me the PIN I will need to start the service, and the next two messages are a second invitation and the first joke.

I NEVER ASKED TO GET THIS and I din’t reply with the PIN number to start the service, but just to be safe I call AT&T and what do you know, WITHOUT MY PERMISSION they have enrolled me in this and already charged me $9.99.

How does it relate to LA? I’d love to know how many other people here have had this happen, and if any lawyers are interested in making these guys stop. I’m thinking class action lawsuits probably work that way (I could be wrong).

It’s not just them sending unsolicited invitations (which suck because I’m charged for text messages) – what totally freaks me out that they just signed me up and started charging me without my permission.

How many people are being charged by them (and maybe others like them) without their knowledge???

UPDATE:
I sent a hostile email through the link on their website, and got this emailed response within a few minutes:

We, apologize for the misunderstanding.

Your cell number below will be removed from our service. Please allow 48 hours for the change to take effect.

Your cell account may have been charged our $9.99 monthly fee. If you reply to this email with a mailing address, we will send a refund.

Any lawyers out there who’d like to go after these creeps? It’s one thing to send one email looking for subscribers (annoying) and quite another to sign us up and begin billing without permission.

UPDATED UPDATE:

Just got email back from the FCC:

“Thank you for contacting the FCC. Certain critical information is required in order to process your complaint.
Please file your complaint on the FCC Form 1088.

See https://esupport.fcc.gov/form1088/consumer.do for filing online.”

At very least we should all go and file this form.

I was hoping a local attorney would read this and show some interest but so far no go – disappointing!

Super Duper UPDATE:

All of you looking for the class action lawsuit, the phone is (415) 434-9000 and the website is http://www.pearcelawoffices.com.

54 Replies to “Class Action Lawsuit?”

  1. Another victim here. I called Verizon to ask them to remove the $9.99 and the rep kept telling me that it was something that I signed up for and that it has to be confirmed twice and that I must have done that. And the day she told me I supposedly signed up for it was on my wedding day!!! Like I would take time out of my wedding day to sign up for this crap! I NEVER text, in fact I had tech support block my texting so that I would stop getting those text messages from 90900 kepler joke. She told me to text “stop” back and then I got an URGENT text that said that I’m not signed up for it. Then she believed me and reversed the charge but I don’t think most people are that lucky.

  2. hey all,
    just started getting the same texts. i went to the website (www.jokemobi.com) and emailed them from there- there is a place to put in your phone number- and instantly after sending the …cancel or i’ll report… message i received a text saying “you have successfully unsubscribed…” and i mean INSTANTLY too! we’ll see if it really stops. was suspicious about putting in phone number, but figured they already have it.
    if it doesn’t stop i’ll be back.

    also it seems anyone can sign you up from the website itself, so maybe a “friend” is putting in numbers, if not the company itself. it would be a passive-aggressive way to get back at someone. they don’t need your phone to start this, it seems.

  3. I am furious. How do they get away with this? I just filed a complain. If there is any Class Action law suit, I will join.

  4. Jokemobile started “service” 9/15 which is the cut-off day for my bill (perhaps they do this to get a whole month of fees before you see your next bill), I called Sprint 9/21 to have it stopped, they gave me the Kepler company info and said I have to contact them, emailed [email protected], they replied back within hours saying sorry it’s stopped and they’ll refund me, emailed them back saying I haven’t yet rec’d a printed bill so please reverse the charges; they said they only get a small portion of the 9.99 and the phone company gets the lion’s share plus the per-message fees (makes me think it’s actually the phone co that signs you up in the first place!), called Sprint again and demanded a credit of all related charges and they did it on the spot. Even got an email confirmation today that they reversed $11.50. Don’t give up!!

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