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Phantom call issue

mwilliams
I've been here awhile

I just got my bill and have a 121 minute call to Yankton SD costing me $66! Rogers is refusing to credit it saying their system says it’s a “valid call”, which it definitely isn’t!! Has anyone experienced this? How do you challenge incorrect billing?

Thanks all

 

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Re: Phantom call issue

RogersMaude
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Good evening @mwilliams,

 

Welcome to the Rogers Community and thank you for your post! Seeing higher amounts on your bill can be frustrating.

 

I understand you're not used to see long distance charges on your bill. However, did you take a look at your detailed invoice to see whether you're familiar with the phone number dialed from your device?

 

Did you allow someone to use your cellphone for a short amount of time or could it be a company you do business with? On our end, it's hard to justify that the call is not legitimate when it lasted over two hours.

 

Regardless, we'll be glad to take a look at your account if you need us to investigate further. Feel free to send us a PM @CommunityHelps so we can assist. For more information on how our private messaging system works, click here.

 

RogersMaude

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Re: Phantom call issue

RogersMaude
Moderator
Moderator

Good evening @mwilliams,

 

Welcome to the Rogers Community and thank you for your post! Seeing higher amounts on your bill can be frustrating.

 

I understand you're not used to see long distance charges on your bill. However, did you take a look at your detailed invoice to see whether you're familiar with the phone number dialed from your device?

 

Did you allow someone to use your cellphone for a short amount of time or could it be a company you do business with? On our end, it's hard to justify that the call is not legitimate when it lasted over two hours.

 

Regardless, we'll be glad to take a look at your account if you need us to investigate further. Feel free to send us a PM @CommunityHelps so we can assist. For more information on how our private messaging system works, click here.

 

RogersMaude

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OLDYELLR
I'm a senior advisor

It's unacceptable that Rogers will  not cancel long distance charges for such fraudulent calls.  At least banks and credit card companies will cancel fraudulent charges.


Rogers PayGo. Location: S-W Ontario

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mwilliams
I've been here awhile
It is quite remarkable. I have spoken with the twitter @rogershelps and the online chat folks and get the same response - you have to pay it because we say it happened.

Checking the call log on my phone - no record of the call.

Reviewing my calendar that day I was in two meeting during that apparent 121 minute call - including a lunch meeting that required a drive across town. To suggest that I managed to carry on an 121 minute call to another country while participating in two meetings and driving across town is quite a feat.

On of the Rogers reps inquired as to whether I may just have forgotten the call? Hard to imagine the above set of circumstances!!

It’s remarkable to me that there is no way to appeal this?

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@mwilliams, next stop, a complaint to the CRTC, which is actually made thru the Commission for Complaints for Telecom - Television Services, as found here:

 

https://www.ccts-cprst.ca/

 

Listening to the radio this afternoon, the announcer was interviewing someone about the thousands of complaints made to the CRTC.  Too bad I didn't catch the start of the interview.  One of the chief complaints, if not number one, was complaint handling process, or lack thereof, by the big companies, as in, yup, they hear you, but, nothing ever happens.  Ok, in that case, on to the CRTC, more specifically the CCTS. 

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mwilliams
I've been here awhile
Thanks for the information, much appreciated!

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@Datalink 

I read some of the written stuff about that yesterday.

Rogers and Bell's 'confirmed' complaints (I guess confirmed means that there was a confirmed bad thing of miss information, bad/wrongfull billing, etc, rather than just a 'I pay too much' sort of thing) were down from last year.  
Rogers in the 1500 complaint range, Bell over 5000.   Telus' numbers were up.


Re: Phantom call issue

Pauly
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Phantom calls can also be caused by malware/viruses/spyware on your smart phone. some times its hidden so well and disguised so well and it makes calls and does not even show them in the call log on your device but it did infact make the call.

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mwilliams
I've been here awhile
Is there any way to check for malware?

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just like for your computer, there exists anti-virus and anti-malware apps for your phone too, some come with them from the factory, some have free basic versoins, some you have to pay for on the google app store

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I have a similar issue with 2 x $16.5  to long distance locations.  Note, two calls for different durations of time for exactly the same end cost.  Like a third party was charging people for access.  …or, perish the thought, the company itself is creating ghost charges.   Having pursued the issue with Roger’s I was told the calls are legit.  I understand that it may ‘say’ it came from my SIM card, but this is data, and data can be masked.  Unhappy with Roger’s for not giving this problem due response…understand their position, but it is an arrogant PR stance.  

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notcoolguys
I've been around

I've just fallen victim to this, and it is so frustrating that Rogers does nothing; so I am running malware now, and I will be changing providers; just wait until this happens to a Rogers employee..

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Sorry to hear about your experience but just to confirm, I’ve had it happen to me several times over the past couple of years. Seems like a nice way to get some free extra revenue. ROGERS did absolutely nothing about it. I had no record of the calls on my phone either and yet they charged me for international calls that I never made. by the way CRTC is a waste of time. CCTS is the right place to go but then they take anywhere from 2 to 4 weeks and you have to fill out a lengthy process that takes 15 to 20 minutes apparently. seems like nobody respects customers and their time.

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Even better than switching to another provider, launch an initiative to get everyone to cancel their cell phones and see what happens to these companies including all the others taking advantage of cell phone customers. I’d like to know why we even have to pay for cell phones, let alone the crazy cost for them in Canada compared to everywhere else in the world?
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