cramming
n. The practice of adding an unexpected fee onto a person's phone bill

Example Citation:
"Call it 'cramming,' 'whamming' or 'super-slamming.' Call it what you will, but Lorraine Parker calls it a ripoff. Parker was shocked recently to find charges crammed deep into her phone bill for services she says she didn't authorize."
—Cam Simpson, "New phone scam: 'Cramming' your bill," Chicago Sun-Times, October 17, 1997

Notes:
Of the three terms listed in the citation, above, the usage marketplace seems to have decreed "cramming" the winner over "whamming" and "super-slamming." That makes linguistic sense because this practice involves stuffing bogus charges onto otherwise-innocent phone bills, and "stuff" and "cram" are synonymous verbs.

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