Man, I got scammed good.

When I was flying into NC, my layover was in Detroit. I normally carry-on my luggage onto flights, but the SD to DTW flight had no space, so I had to gate check the bag. Unfortunately, I forgot I had put my phone in my bag before I gate checked it.

Since my mom was picking me up (and my flight was delayed an hour), I decided to use a pay phone to inform my mom of the situation. Without thinking about it, I swiped my credit card without checking the fee - oops. The phone call lasted all of two minutes.

Well, low and behold, on my credit card today, the fee for calling from Detroit to NC on a pay phone for two minutes:

I don't even want to know what those foreign transaction fees are for - I was using an American credit card in an American airport calling an American phone.

Googling the number shows that a San Diego (gasp!) company called BBG Communications is behind these shenanigans. Big surprise - they have a F when it comes to a Better Business Bureau rating.

This is what i get for blindly swiping my card - lesson learned!

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P.S. This is a beautiful Tabulas design!

Posted by roy on June 10, 2009 at 11:36 PM in Ramblings | 6 Comments

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Comment posted on March 14th, 2011 at 02:57 PM
The BBG overcharge scam goes on worldwide.We are fighting for refunds for consumers here in the US in court. They are hiding behind a variety of names but it's all run by BBG Communications San Diego.For more go to

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Comment posted on January 2nd, 2010 at 09:51 AM
I placed a long distance call from a pay phone at a train station in Bregenz, Austria to US cell number of a colleague (who was about 4 blocks away in Austria) to find out how to meet him. I was on the phone less than a minute and was charged $24.31 on my Visa bill listed as "Call from Austr Jul 8 800-608-0575". Also was charged a $0.95 "call from val fee 800-608-0575" and then credited the same $0.95 charge on the same Visa bill. I have recently discovered a web site that indicates this company is a scam operation that overcharges for calls, and has refunded half or all of the charges for other callers.
Comment posted on June 11th, 2009 at 12:17 AM
dispute it.
Comment posted on June 11th, 2009 at 12:28 AM
how? "i didn't read the charges, and i don't like it?"
Comment posted on June 11th, 2009 at 01:39 PM
Tell them the truth. You didn't make any expensive phone sex calls.
Comment posted on June 11th, 2009 at 12:35 PM
well why would there be 2 transactions? and why would there be any foreign fee. tell them you think you got scammed by them, because you never swiped your card outside the country