National Consumers League

Prepaid Calling Cards Under Scrutiny


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Earlier this week, NCL’s Executive Director Sally Greenberg testified before the United States House of Representatives Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade, and Consumer Protection of the Committee on Energy and Commerce at a hearing on the Calling Card Consumer Protection Act (H.R. 3993), where she discussed the need for greater consumer protections in the purchase and use of prepaid calling cards. When Sally last appeared before the committee to discuss the issue, she equated the prepaid calling card marketplace with the “Wild West,” where unwary consumers too often fall victim to unscrupulous sellers and merchants. On Thursday, a year later, she said she is “sad to say that the situation for consumer remains more ‘Gunsmoke’ than ‘Little House on the Prairie.’” Read Sally's full testimony here.