A federal court has temporarily halted a mobile phone cramming scheme that piled more than $100 million in charges on consumers’ mobile phone bills without permission. The Federal Trade Commission is seeking to permanently shut down the operation.

The FTC charged that the defendants used deceptive practices, including fake Web sites with bogus offers of "freebies" or gift cards, to trick consumers into providing their mobile phone numbers. The defendants then placed monthly subscription fees for a variety of promised services on consumers’ mobile phone bills without their authorization.

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